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					Creativity & Innovation in the Workplace

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“20%" Time
Google engineers are encouraged to spend 20% of their work time on projects that interest them. Some of Google's newer services, such as Gmail, Google News and orkut, originated from these independent endeavors.

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“Who Are You?”
At East Alabama Medical Center, a county-run facility, the CEO makes it a point to visit every ward of the hospital every day.

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BLOGOSPHERE
Millions of media buffs now use blogs, wikis, chat rooms, and personal broadcasting to add their voices to a vociferous stream of dialogue and debate called the “blogosphere”.

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GOLDCORP
This small Toronto-based gold-mining firm was besieged by strikes, debts, and high production costs causing them to cease mining operations. As a result the “Goldcorp Challenge” was launched with a total of $575,000 available to participants with the best methods. The contest catapulted this underperforming $100 million company into a $9 billion juggernaut.

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It’s Time to Wake up!
“The task facing economic leaders of the 21st century is not simply how to spur technology and innovation, but how to recreate the large pool of high-paying but relatively low-skill jobs that were once the hallmark of our broad middle-class society. It’s time to wake up to the new realities of the creative economy…” - Richard Florida

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Healthy Workers
“Forcing the arts on employees is not the approach. The trick is making sure the arts are thriving and available. Many companies offer gym memberships to their employees in recognition of the corporate benefits of healthy workers. Why not offer one afternoon off every quarter to participate in some artistic event of the worker's choice?” - The Western Economic Project, Canada West Foundation

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Some Top 100 Employers
Amex Canada Inc., Markham, ON Up to six months of paid leave for staff to work for charities Telvent Canada Ltd., Calgary, AB Company has its own specialty beer Epcor Utilities Inc., Edmonton, AB Time off for volunteer work - Maclean’s magazine

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Think You Make the Cut?
If you’re thinking of applying for Canada’s top 100 employers, you may want to consider these seven key areas:
(1)Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; and (7) Training & Skills Development. Also examined are employer's charitable efforts and community involvement. “A strong correlation was observed between charitable work and how an employer treats its own employees”

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Workplace for the Young Bucks!
Abebooks Inc., Victoria, BC “On a typical day, people arrive at all times. They always have lots of goodies in the mini-kitchens for us, so we grab some of that stuff before checking our e-mails and schedules, etc. There's a foosball league, so we usually squeeze in a couple of games, too.” - Arik Broadvent, 22

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Workplace for the Young Bucks!
Bioware, Edmonton, AB 40-seat theatre for employee and family movie nights Night out for cultural events Grants staff an extra week off upon release of a new product Four separate health plans or cash equivalent for benefits

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A Community of Creativity & Innovation
Dofasco, an Ontario company, celebrates an annual Creativity & Innovation Week. The group is comprised of employees who have an interest in leveraging creativity and innovation skills to benefit the company and all employees. Events include learning forums, cafeteria celebrations, live music, brain teasers, and plant-wide messages.

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So you think you make the cut?
If you’re thinking of applying for Canada’s top 100 employers, you may want to consider these seven key areas: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; and (7) Training & Skills Development. Also examined are employer's charitable efforts and community involvement. “A strong correlation was observed between charitable work and how an employer treats its own employees”

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Finding Things Interesting
“Finding solutions to problems are fun and the most interesting thing on earth”. - Employee of Standen’s

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Let’s Talk About 3M
Bootlegging Policy
To foster creativity, 3M encourages staff members to spend up to 15% of their time on projects of their own choosing. Also known as the "bootlegging" policy, the 15% rule has been the catalyst for some of 3M's most famous products, such as Scotch Tape and, of course, Post-it® notes.

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Let’s Talk About 3M
The truth behind 3-M’s Post-it® notes
Art Fry came up with the idea while singing in the church choir. His bookmark kept falling out of his hymnal, causing him to lose his page. So, taking advantage of a 3M policy known as the "bootlegging" policy, Fry used a portion of his working hours to develop a solution to his problem.

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It Worked for Mickey
WE CREATE HAPPINESS.
- Walt Disney's mission

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The Lightbulb Goes Off
“Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration. I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them”. - Thomas Edison, Leader of Innovation

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Reducing Costs, Having Fun
Flextronic’s cost reduction program has resulted in over $35 million US in cost reduction at Flextronics Calgary Centre in the last five years. Employees submit their cost reduction ideas and if the idea saves the company $2,000 or more, they are recognized with a gift certificate and a photograph with their leader. Any cost reduction over $25,000 results in a day off with pay!


				
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