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3 Ways to Kill Innovation in the Workplace

February 10th, 2015

Killing innovation in the workplace is one thing that may be happening without management even knowing it. If your employees are spending more time with their heads down than dreaming of big ideas, your business’ opportunity for growth may be suffering. Here are 3 surefire ways to kill innovation in the workplace, and how to avoid them in your office.

Is innovation suffering in your workplace?

Is innovation suffering in your workplace?

3 Ways to Kill Innovation in the Workplace

  1. Having a Conflicting Culture

A conflict of values between the business model and the company culture is one of the ways to kill innovation. Business models drive businesses forward financially, but the workplace culture is what drives employees. If a company’s culture interferes with the business model, innovation is usually the first to suffer. Your model may be to blame if employees rarely offer new and creative ideas. To create a more innovative work environment, encourage a culture that is open to change without interfering with the company’s bottom line. Merging the two together is the best way to encourage questions and new ideas.

  1. Having a Large Management Hierarchy

Having a management structure with too many layers can alienate employees from their superiors and create an exclusive culture capable of killing innovation. Employees with multiple levels of managers may feel they have no face time or influence on the company. Encourage brainstorming and new ideas from all levels of employees.

  1. Encouraging Workplace Politics

Workplace politics are one of the most common ways to kill innovation. When employees are afraid to speak their mind because of a backlash of negativity, they may stop offering ideas at all. Avoid creativity-killing phrases such as, “That’s not the right process.”

Try to avoid these common ways to kill innovation in your office. Fostering innovation at work can create more engaged and motivated employees, which is essential for the growth of your business. For more tips on bettering your workplace, read our blog today.


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About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (EDWOSB),  and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE). We can be reached at or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131


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