- 44 percent of employees say access to the latest technology would help them be more innovative in their jobs.
- 40 percent of employees would like to have dedicated resources that help drive innovation.
- 39 percent of employees would like to have more training.
University of Phoenix today released survey results on workplace innovation with findings from employees and hiring managers. While new technologies have increased competition on a global scale and serve as a catalyst to force companies to innovate to stay ahead, just one in 10 hiring managers say their employees excel at innovation. In addition, one-third of hiring managers say their employees lack key traits like creativity and forward-thinking. Underscoring the importance of innovation, hiring managers (49 percent) cite innovation as a very important trait in a job candidate. More than a quarter of them would be very likely to hire an employee, even if they were lacking in technical skills, if they demonstrated an ability to innovate. However, according to the same survey, employers may have more to do in terms of empowering their teams to innovate. Nearly 40 percent of employees surveyed said they do not have access to the tools they need to innovate. "There is currently a discrepancy between what hiring managers expect and what employees may have access to or be skilled to do," said Ruth Veloria, executive dean, University of Phoenix School of Business. "While employers are looking for incoming employees with the necessary skills that fit the job description, they also want employees to demonstrate more than the skills on their resume by coming to the table with new, creative ideas." Some factors that may account for this innovation gap include time and funds, with more than one-third of employees saying a lack of time is a barrier to innovation (36 percent), while three in 10 cite a lack of funding. Employees (two in five) also cited lack of resources as the biggest barrier to innovation. The survey also discovered ways employers can fill this innovation gap: