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Innovation is a word often associated with technology companies around the world. Innovation is just as important to staying competitive, attracting customers and recruiting top talent. Coming up with new ideas, however, is easier said than done. That’s where our team’s come in. Together, they hold a wealth of great ideas just waiting to be unearthed. Below are a few ways PaleBlue encourage innovation among your small business employees.

It's Okay & Accepted to “Try” New Ideas. Once your employees let go of their fear of failure, they will feel free to challenge old ways of thinking and bring new ideas to the table.

Reward Risk Taking. We feel employee recognition is key to boosting morale, productivity, and overall job satisfaction. It’s important to recognize team members for good performance, rewarding them for taking risks will give them incentive to think beyond the "status quo". You never know when great risk will lead to great reward.

Encourage Learning. We provide employees opportunities to enhance their skills and learn new ones. We send them to conferences, seminars or off-site classes where they will not only build their expertise, but also meet new people and be exposed to new environments and different ideas.

Hold a Hackathon. No longer just for tech companies, hackathons (or hack days) are days set aside to let employees take a break from business as usual and work on completely different projects. Even if the day doesn’t result in a new business venture, the day “off” will help rejuvenate employees mentally and can help spur ideas for approaching their daily work in new ways.

Idea Submission Hub. We give employees an easily accessible method for submitting ideas – from using a virtual “idea box” on your company’s site to an actual “old-fashioned” suggestion box.

Scheduled Time to Innovate. We hold regular team meetings where anyone can submit ideas and build on others’ ideas. We created a “safe space” where every idea submitted is taken seriously, appreciated, and considered.

Prevent Burnout. Mental burnout can be a huge obstacle to innovation. Yet, CareerBuilder research shows "that 3 in 5 small business employees feel burned out out at work. Make work-life balance a priority. Consider offering flexible schedules, redistributing workloads or bringing in temporary help.

Remember, free thinking fosters innovation. We believe the more we  encourage and support new ideas and creative thinking at Paleblue, the more it will become a part of your culture – one that attracts like-minded, creative candidates with new ideas of their own.