The perceived importance and the presence of creative potential in the health professional's work environment

Lukersmith, Sue and Burgess-Limerick, Robin (2013) The perceived importance and the presence of creative potential in the health professional's work environment. Ergonomics, 56 6: 922-934. doi:10.1080/00140139.2013.779033


Author Lukersmith, Sue
Burgess-Limerick, Robin
Title The perceived importance and the presence of creative potential in the health professional's work environment
Journal name Ergonomics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0014-0139
1366-5847
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00140139.2013.779033
Volume 56
Issue 6
Start page 922
End page 934
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The value of creative employees to an organisation's growth and innovative development, productivity, quality and sustainability is well established. This study examined the perceived relationship between creativity and work environment factors of 361 practicing health professionals, and whether these factors were present (realised) in their work environment. Job design (challenges, team work, task rotation, autonomy) and leadership (coaching supervisor, time for thinking, creative goals, recognition and incentives for creative ideas and results) were perceived as the most important factors for stimulating creativity. There was room for improvement of these in the work environment. Many aspects of the physical work environment were less important. Public health sector employers and organisations should adopt sustainable strategies which target the important work environment factors to support employee creativity and so enhance service quality, productivity, performance and growth. Implications of the results for ergonomists and workplace managers are discussed with a participatory ergonomics approach recommended.
Keyword Creativity
Work environment
Work organisation
Health professional
Occupational therapy
Employee Creativity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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