7 Ways to Promote Curiosity in the Workplace

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Curiosity drives innovation in the workplace. And with advancing technology, companies can’t afford to be complacent.

Now more than ever leaders need to be creating a company culture around being curious.

According to an international study on by Merck, 95% of workers say curiosity is important for discovering new ideas at work. Yet, only 9% of workers feel the organizational culture at their workplace is supportive of curiosity.

So what can leaders do to promote curiosity in their companies?

7 Ways to Create a Company Culture Around Curiosity

  1. Don’t just talk about innovation.
    Innovation has been a buzzword for quite some time. Yet, many companies are still not taking actionable steps to promote curiosity and drive innovative in the workplace. So, as obvious as it seems, start promoting curiosity and innovation by going beyond just talking about it.
  2. Bring on passionate people.
    People who love what they do have a natural curiosity at work. They go beyond their day-to-day tasks, and continually look for small ways to make a big difference in their companies.
  3. Provide the right tools.
    Realistically, you’re probably not going to implement every idea. However, it’s important for employees to know that being curious about new opportunities should not be limited by lack of tools or resources needed to implement.
  4. Make time for employees to be curious.
    Challenge your team to spend 20 minutes a week being curious. Encourage them to use that time to attend an industry webinar, talk to a salesperson about a new product, or network to find out what other companies are doing to grow their business.
  5. Communicate and Collaborate.
    Regularly schedule a time where employees can share new ideas, innovative products they found, or talk about a cool webinar they attended.
  6. Leave your assumptions at the door.
    Don’t get stuck in the, “That’s the way we’ve always done it” mindset. Respect processes and procedures that are in place, but be open-minded to adjustments.
  7. Reward curiosity.
    No idea is a bad idea (for the most part). Find a way to reward employees for bringing new ideas to the table. Maybe it’s a quarterly award to an employee for coming up with an innovative solution. Or, maybe you just acknowledge employees for thinking outside of the box.

How does your company encourage employees to be curious? We’d love to hear about it—comment below!

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