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If we know anything about inventions, they are free spirits. They do not like to be forced into art and profession. That’s why artists like graphic designers and animators turn to freelancers trying to be their own bosses. When your own time and space are paramount, you can tailor your hours and surroundings to allow less creative combustion.
However, if you work in a group in the workplace, there are many external stimuli that affect your performance. The immersive group ethics, the stressful office environment, and the constant pressure to come up with creative ideas can often be numb. As a boss, hiring manager or creative team leader, you want to provide the right environment and resources for your team to remain consistently productive. This is easier said than done.
Since creativity is a free-spirited event, trying to produce it regularly increases the chances of burning creativity. If employees do not feel comfortable expressing their concerns, it can be difficult to identify burns in creative groups. That’s why as a leader, you should always keep an eye on the signs of creativity.
Here are some ways to achieve sustainable creative productivity and avoid burnout.
Ask for deadlines rather than deadlines
As a business owner, customer satisfaction is your number one priority. Therefore, it is natural to set project schedules, lean toward customer comfort, and set unrealistic expectations.
This often affects your creative team and productivity. The important thing here is to understand that in order to please customers, you must first take care of the staff. They can provide long-term, unbeatable workload and expect them to work together effectively.
I always feel great to discuss the details of the project with the team and to ask for appropriate timelines for each stage of development – this requires a certain level of confidence in your team. Then I negotiate those deadlines based on customer needs, and we finally reach a happy middle ground that works for customers and the team.
In general, the process gives them more control over their work and maintains a common overlap.
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Allow communication between groups
So they hired a team of great innovators. They are enthusiastic, understand the needs of the customers and come up with good ideas accordingly. But let’s face it – creativity is a job for them at the end of the day. Going through the creative process day in and day out can destroy your team. They fall into design, and the ideas begin to dry up.
When my creative team finds it difficult to “think outside the box,” we ask for ideas from members of other groups on the company’s Slack channel. Then they come with a new mind and a good spirit. For them, what is most needed is mental stimulation, a break from their normal activities, and an active movement in thoughts.
Encourage learning new skills
When it comes to innovations, a lack of motivation quickly translates into a lack of productivity and eventually a burning of creativity. They do better when they feel challenged. To keep your employees on their toes, encourage them to practice new skills. Allow time and space to explore new features.
We have a special training allowance for each employee to use to purchase courses to improve their skills. That way, our Creator will always have the opportunity to try new things if they start to feel overwhelmed. It is also important to see which members of the creative team spent their first job description. You can always discuss with them the assignment of new roles and additional responsibilities.
Use the power of mindless actions
Coming up with creative ideas is hard work for the mind. When inventions go to waste, mindless actions can be life-saving. Look at mindless activities, such as taking “fruitful breaks.” For example, storing assets and folders, searching for stock shots and images for projects and company storage, downloading fonts, and other tasks can be mind-boggling.
Mindless activities are also a good way to relax, as you can easily put on some music or listen to podcasts in the background.
Shake things up – literally
This goes without saying, but exercise is a great way to avoid mental and physical burns. It takes effort to find the creative juices that flow. Encourage your creative team to take regular breaks and walk. Install fixed tables in your workplace. Or, just follow this fast office exercise.
If your company has the capacity, a few threshing mills will not hurt. Fast exercise can increase endorphin levels and provide a faster level of emotion, creating a more creative team for fun and creativity.
Provide positive reinforcement
The creators are their own biggest critics. They constantly question their artistic values and wonder if they can do better. Regular feedback on their work will keep them uncertain. They are given a clear idea of how their senior management and clients are responding to their work.
I realized that true positive reinforcement goes a long way to inspiring and productive the creative team. Also, if your creative team creates extra hours to make sure your projects arrive on time, make a point to compensate.
There is nothing more frustrating than being taken seriously. Burning will result if workers are not paid properly.
Recognize creative blocks
Creativity cannot always be called. It is important to acknowledge that creative blocks are one thing and to be a little slower when hitting your team. Instead of trying to control their emotions, try to understand them and deal with them.
If one of my creators complains about a sticky complaint, I suggest you read Pinterest or Dribble for inspiration. I offer to change the type of work they do. For example, if a designer skilled at creating feature drawings is drying up, I ask you to try out an animated graphics project.
Tactically use creative energy
The most important thing to do when leading a creative team is to know when to draw the line in creative improvements. Some projects do not require much time and effort. That often means innovators are not satisfied with the way the project is going and want to make improvements.
Moreover, some innovations are difficult to implement because they go beyond the scope of the project. Then you need to take the lead and let them know that they would be better off focusing on other projects.
Less is sometimes more. If you are dealing with short creative windows, you need to strategically allocate resources, both mentally and physically.
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To keep your creative team burning, you need to take an active approach. Be prepared and try not to burn before they burn. As they happen, respect the creative process, practice empathy for your team, and move forward with a solution-oriented approach.