why use a digital agency  we found it important to look at what creates an innovative environment - as its particularly important for a digital agency. We liked the work of Goran Ekvall, a professor at the University of Lund, Sweden in the field of organisational psychology who is an expert in this area." />

How Innovative is your workplace?

Following our previous blog post on why use a digital agency  we found it important to look at what creates an innovative environment - as its particularly important for a digital agency. We liked the work of Goran Ekvall, a professor at the University of Lund, Sweden in the field of organisational psychology who is an expert in this area.

Ekvall identified 10 dimensions:

  • Challenge
    How challenged, emotionally involved, and committed are employees to the work?
  • Freedom
    How free is the staff to decide how to do their job?
  • Idea time
    Do employees have time to think things through before having to act?
  • Dynamism
    The eventfulness of life in the organisation?
  • Idea support
    Are there resources to give new ideas a try?
  • Trust and openness
    Do people feel safe speaking their minds and offering different points of view?
  • Playfulness and humour
    How relaxed is the workplace-is it okay to have fun?
  • Conflicts
    To what degree do people engage in interpersonal conflict or 'warfare?"
  • Debates
    To what degree do people engage in lively debates about the issues'?
  • Risk-taking
    Is it okay to fail?
The following chart shows an example of an innovative company compared to a stagnant one:


We felt it would be interesting to see how other people rank their organisation, although not as scientific as Ekvall's study see how your company does based on your opinions:














 


 

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