5 Ways Technology Enhances Creativity in the Workplace
Is technology hindering our creativity? The research may surprise you. There's more that we can do now than ever with technology at our disposal.
Wondering if being on your screen all day is hindering your creativity?
There are endless distractions that the internet can provide.
You might even have heard of digital detoxes that encourage you to put down the tech to unleash your inner creative.
Perhaps to your surprise, evidence suggests that technology might actually enhance your creativity and even productivity at work.
Creativity is the most in demand skill to have in the workplace in 2019 and heading into 2020. Highly sought after and valued by employers, creativity is indispensable whether you are working in your first role or as your own boss.
If you’re ready to use technology to increase your creative output in the workplace, here are 5 ways you can expect to see results.
1. Information at Your Fingertips
At a moment’s notice, endless streams of information are made available by jumping online.
While it may seem as though too much information can provide over-stimulation and kill any creativity, it actually doesn’t.
That’s because there’s a difference between information and knowledge.
Information is just data.
Whereas knowledge is processed and involves awareness and understanding.
Comprehending information and producing knowledge is often where critical creative thinking can happen.
Technology brings information to us at an unprecedented speed that we now take for granted, being exposed to a variety of information can actually help your brain unlock new ideas.
2. Simulation of Failure
Failure is unavoidable and a part of the creative process.
The more space someone can fail, the more ideas they will work through and the more creative the results will be.
Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox once said, “don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once”
Technology now provides a safety net for workers to try new ideas with a smaller cost on time, money and resources.
Projects can now be simulated digitally and tested before they are invested in physically and materially.
According to the culinary designers at Pearl’s Creations, “drafting designs digitally before actually getting started moulding is invaluable to our business. So many ideas look great in theory, but once created digitally, we find out it doesn’t really work and we’re able to go back to the drawing board without wasting too much time or resources.”
Trying out more ideas increases the possibility of landing on your best one.
3. Increased Accessibility
Advancements in technology over the recent decades has made it incredibly accessible to so many more people.
This democratises technology and breaks down barriers between geography, culture and language.
With technology’s increased ability to facilitate inclusiveness, more ideas are able to be shared and communities to arise.
Collaboration has never been easier. This idea of co-creation would not be possible were it not for technology being accessed by all professionals across different fields and disciplines contributing.
4. More Opportunities to Work Flexibly
Flexible work arrangements more often than not results in greater employee satisfaction, increased creativity and better work-life balance.
Technology allows flexible work arrangements to be more convenient than ever.
Portability and ease of communication through technology means that working from almost anywhere becomes a possibility for more and more people.
Even changing working locations refreshes the mind and boosts productivity and creation.
This is especially handy during the early days of entrepreneurship.
For the financial experts at Maxiron, technology opened up new avenues of creativity in the business world. They note “many entrepreneurs begin working out of home, cafes or shared work spaces in order to get their business to a point where they need funding in order to grow. This level of flexibility we have thanks to technology becomes a real asset when getting creative and starting your own business.”
5. Emerging Tools
Technology’s advancements means that more work can be digitised, this shortens the time it takes to get tasks done.
What was previously done manually can now be automated and frees up employees to work on other tasks and think more creatively on new ideas.
Online discussion boards are now the norm in workplaces which increases the speed of communication and exchange of ideas.
While 3D printers are becoming more common across different businesses thanks to increased affordability and innovative forms of application.
This also frees up time for employees to work on skill advancement which can better an organisation’s future.