Course Content
Establish Work Practices
1.1 Identify relevant stakeholders 1.2 Identify organisational objectives and practices 1.3 Evaluate current work conditions 1.4 Determine working conditions that allow innovative practices according to organisational policies and procedures 1.5 Identify organisational resources relating to innovation 1.6 Build and lead team and maximise opportunities for innovation
Create and Implement an Innovative Environment
2.1 Evaluate the impacts of changing work environment 2.2 Collaborate with stakeholders and develop ideas for enhancing work environment 2.3 Identify and select resources required for enhancing work environment 2.4 Assess the ability of the workspace to support innovation 2.5 Assist team members to adapt and perform in new work environment 3.1 Encourage creative mindsets, collaborative working and development of positive workplace relationships 3.2 Reinforce the value of innovation according to organisational vision and objectives 3.3 Take risks to open up opportunities for innovation 3.4 Select ways of celebrating and encouraging innovation 3.5 Encourage and support evaluation of innovative ideas
Share and Evaluate Your Innovative Ideas and Work Environment
4.1 Share relevant information, knowledge and skills on innovative practices with stakeholders 4.2 Provide and encourage formal and informal learning opportunities to develop skills required for innovation 4.3 Create opportunities where individuals can learn from the experience of others 4.4 Seek and respond to suggestions, improvements and innovations from all team members
BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
About Lesson

Overcoming challenges and barriers to innovation requires an approach that not only addresses the immediate obstacles, but also fosters a long-term culture of creativity and innovation. Here’s how the three strategies mentioned can be effectively used:

Rewarding and Celebrating Innovation:

  • Application: Implementing a system of rewards and recognition for innovative efforts and achievements can significantly motivate employees to think creatively and take risks. This could include financial incentives, public acknowledgment, career advancement opportunities, or even symbolic rewards like trophies or titles.
  • Overcoming Challenges: This approach helps overcome the fear of failure—one of the significant barriers to innovation—by shifting the focus towards effort and experimentation rather than just success. Celebrating small wins and learning from failures can encourage a more resilient and innovative mindset among team members.


Coaching and Learning:

  • Application: Providing employees with opportunities for personal and professional development through coaching, mentoring, and continuous learning can equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to innovate. This might involve training sessions, workshops, or even encouraging attendance at conferences and industry events.
  • Overcoming Challenges: Coaching and learning initiatives can address the barrier of a lack of skills or knowledge necessary for innovation. By fostering a culture of continuous learning, organisations can ensure their teams are up-to-date with the latest trends, technologies, and methodologies, thereby enhancing their capacity to generate and implement new ideas.


Modelling Behaviour and Managing the Physical Environment:

  • Application: Leaders can model innovative behaviour by being open to new ideas, willing to experiment, and demonstrating resilience in the face of setbacks. Additionally, designing the physical work environment to encourage collaboration and creativity—such as open workspaces, innovation labs, and relaxation areas—can stimulate creative thinking and idea sharing.
  • Overcoming Challenges: This strategy can help overcome resistance to change and siloed thinking, which are common barriers to innovation. By seeing leaders embrace innovation and by working in an environment that physically supports creativity and collaboration, employees are more likely to adopt similar behaviours and attitudes. This can lead to a more cohesive and innovative organisational culture.