Leadership, Management and Workforce Development
Sharing Session - 30 Minutes
Creativity and innovation in the governmental public health workforce will be required to generate new ideas to solve complex problems that extend beyond traditional public health functions like disease surveillance and monitoring. The opportunity for the workforce to be creative and innovative will be pivotal if a new vision of governmental public health practice is to be realized. However, little is known about how rewarding creativity and innovation in governmental public health departments impacts organizational culture and workplace environments. This session will discuss data from the 2017 Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (which surveys governmental health department employees) on creativity and innovation and how fostering creativity and innovation may impact employee satisfaction and the workplace environment.
This analysis will show a strong and consistent association between a workplace environment that rewards creativity and innovation and employee engagement. In a time when up to half of governmental public health workers intend to leave their jobs in the near future, building a creative and innovative workplace could increase employee engagement and reduce turnover.
The session will cover how local public health leaders can work with their staff, peers, funders, academic institutions, and others to promote creativity and innovation despite the limitations often associated with government service. It will also suggest and provide tools and examples from both public health and other sectors (such as business) on how to improve creativity and innovation in the workplace.