One of the hallmarks of successful employees is their ability to think creatively and develop innovative solutions to the vast number of problems they encounter on the job. Companies that support this type of thinking are not only better able to cope with today's myriad challenges, but also to predict and prepare for tomorrow's challenges.
Identifying, enhancing, and reinforcing your employees' efforts to engage in creative thinking is critical. You should be doing this informally throughout the evaluation period, and you should specifically target this area during the formal reviews.
Your appraisal will do more than provide your employees with specific and accurate feedback regarding their efforts to apply and support creativity on the job. It will also provide them with tools to build their skills in this area, along with guidance and support to help them do so.
You need to appraise key behaviors that relate to creative thinking on the job, such as generating new ideas, being receptive to new ideas, thinking outside the box, encouraging and supporting innovation from others, and more.
The phrases in this chapter are designed to reflect and encourage creative thinking.
Exceptional: Consistently exceeds expectations
Uses brainstorming sessions to generate ...