#Nextchat: Rewarding Failure

SHRM’s Board Chair Bette Francis delivered a thought-provoking address on HR and innovation to #SHRM13 attendees on June 18.  She encouraged HR pros to create and foster cultures of innovation within their organizations.

We hear a lot about innovation and its importance to employee engagement and staying one step ahead of the competition, but what’s the best way to encourage innovation within your organization?

The best companies are learning that innovation happens faster if you create a culture that allows for experimentation and rewards employees for trying new ideas -- even if they fail.

In a recent interview with Motley Fool, Seth Godin explained: “There's the secret to innovation. If you are saying to all your employees, "Innovate, innovate, innovate," but you give the Employee of the Month parking space to the person who never screwed up and you give the bonus and the vacation to the person who doesn't make mistakes, you are not serious about innovation, and your team knows it.”

#SHRM13 attendee, @ValaAfshar, probably summed it up best when he tweeted:  “Culture invites strategy for breakfast and picks up the tab.  Good culture is inviting and generous.” 

Is your organization an incubator for innovation?   Are you encouraging employees’ creativity or repressing it?

Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on June 19 for a #Nextchat on how HR can create cultures of engagement and innovation in their organizations.

Q1. How can culture be a barrier to innovation?

Q2. How can the mixing of unlikely collaborators and the bucking of conventional wisdom increase innovation?

Q3. How can rewarding failure in an organization spur creativity and innovation?

Q4. How can HR create and lead cultures that inspire engagement, experimentation and innovation in an organization?

Q5. What does your organization do to encourage innovation?

Q6. How are you rewarding employees who are experimenting, failing and innovating?

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