Lack of Ideas, Red Tape Greatest Barriers to Innovation

The biggest roadblocks to organizational breakthroughs are a shortage of fresh thinking and too much red tape, according to executives interviewed for a recent Robert Half survey.

More than one-third (35 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) said a lack of new ideas is the greatest barrier to their company being more innovative. Approximately one-quarter (24 percent) of respondents cited excessive bureaucracy as the top creativity killer, while 20 percent blamed being bogged down with daily tasks or putting out fires.

The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

For more survey findings and tips on inspiring innovation in the workplace, click here.

Staffing Firm Offers ‘Treadmill Desks’

Financial staffing firm Salo is helping employees get their exercise by offering ‘treadmill desks,’ according to a recentNew York Times article.

There are four treadmill desks, where a height-adjustable working surface is placed above the treadmill track, in one of Salo’s conference rooms, according to the article. The desks face one another so employees can walk and work at the same time.

In a separate room, there are six treadmill desks with computers. Employees can use them to walk and work simultaneously, according to the article. They can also play Ping-Pong on a table set up in the office.

“It took a bit of adjustment,” said Craig Dexheimer, Salo’s director of operations and administration. “It’s normal to walk and talk at the gym, but in an office setting it was a bit strange at first.”

To learn more about the desks, read the article by clicking here.