As a trainee your best bet is to first focus on understanding the organizational culture and the orientation of the HR department in particular. This will give you an overview of the current status and possible direction that HR department would seek to traverse. Align your efforts to traverse the same path. As an intern you may not be able to implement anything new easily but you can get noticed by your diligence, your productivity / output from the tasks delegated to you and thereafter your personal inputs/ creative perspectives that you bring to the job you undertake.
You can also focus on improving the efficiency of existing tasks/ functions, systematizing the process, data analysis and drawing attention to latest trends that can be explored by HR. However in your enthusiasm, be careful not to antagonize or alienate existing employees or be viewed as an over smart individual.
I am sharing a link in which I have given my inputs on being creative as an HR, which can supplement the inputs above. Pleas click on this link and see my reply to the query https://www.citehr.com/461874-creativity-hr.html
11th June 2013 From India, Mumbai
14th June 2013 From India, Mumbai
I must compliment Mr. B. Jacob of ACT Spot for nicely leading you into your query and I fully endorse all that he has said, however, I too have a little bit that I can add to make you think a little more.
It is sometimes believed to be Chinese in origin. The phrase is sourced from Lao Tzu (Laozi), a proverb which I read early in my growing years and it has had a massive impact on my life, "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime," meaning, it is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something, than to do something for them.
And I'll do both of it
Tips for you to use the internship would be
Try learning something new everyday, and see how you can apply it in your work area.
Ask yourself, “In a world that's been running for so many millions of years, what am I trying to accomplish?”
It's nice to create a memorable event, process, or program, but it is even better to create a memorable experience.
Shake things up. Be curious and focus your thoughts on the job at hand, not the result.
Create inspiring spaces in your mind a “shelf” to park thoughts, ideas on a daily basis.
Have a free flowing mind, and do not place any mental constraints on your thinking. In fact, many seem to tell me that people aren't doing much thinking these days and seem to be blaming (Google), for people believe that Google has all the answers so why should we burn our brains cells.
Change the problem-solving methods by becoming a "solution seeker."
Erase the word "problem" from your dictionary, replace it with the word "challenge" it can spur you up.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Am I Doing What I Love?
2. Can I Love What I Do?
3. Do I Know What I Want?
4. What Do I See Myself Eventually Doing?
5. What Motivates Me?
6. What Career Goals Have I Achieved So Far?
7. Am I Constantly Improving Myself?
8. What Am I Doing To Get Where I Want To Be?
9. Am I Willing To pay The Price?
10. Who Can Help Me?
And now for some interesting thought's and notes on "CREATIVITY"
And so it goes...
A simple definition is that creativity is the ability to imagine or invent something new. For instance with the advent of T-20, people have given the game of cricket several new names for scoring shots, and commentators say such batsmen are creative
- for instance the Dil Scoop (credited to Tilkaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka, who scoops the ball well over the wicket-keeper and the fielder in the fine leg),
then you have the Helicopter Shot(credited to our own M.S. Dhoni who hits the ball hard and his bats swirls over his head much like the rotor of a helicopter),
and finally you have the reverse flick (a left hand batsman switching suddenly to become a right hander to make a shot).
As you can see from all of this, it's not creating something new (it's not invention - it's innovation), it is just the ability to generate new ideas by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas.
Creativity (or "creativeness") is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts.
Types of Creativity as described by Elliot Eisner
Boundary Pushing (the rules are too constraining)
". . . . the ability to expand the limits that define uses . . . Examples include the use of a rubber eraser as a printing stamp or finding ways to bend plywood in order to make chairs.
Inventing (bring things together in a new way)
"The inventor does not merely extend the usual limits . . . (but) creates a new object by restructuring the known." Examples are Guttenburg, Bell, Marconi, etc.
Boundary Breaking (the rules are the problem) least common ". . . . the rejection or reversal of . . . assumptions and making the 'given' problematic.' p. 327 The creator notices problems with existing assumptions and is able to imagine and generate solutions by thinking "outside the box". Opposite thinking and gap filling thinking. Examples are Einstein and Copernicus.
Aesthetic Organizing (order and beauty from chaos) most common Qualitative organizing.
The need to produce order, harmony, and unity. Differs from the others in that novelty is not required. I often wonder if aesthetic organizing should be included as a type creativity. Of course when one of the other types is used with aesthetic organizing, the result will be creative. Creative thinking is generally considered to be involved with the creation or generation of ideas, processes, experiences or objects; critical thinking is concerned with their evaluation.
Critical Thinking vs Creative Thinking according to Robert Harris
Critical Thinking people are - analytic, convergent, vertical, probability, judgmental, focused, objective, answer, left brain, verbal, linear, reasoning, yes but....
Creative Thinking people are - generative, divergent, lateral, possibility, suspended judgment, diffused, subjective, an answer, right brain, visual, associative, richness novelty, yes and ..
Characteristics of Creative People according to Robert Harris
curious, seeks problems, enjoys challenge, optimistic, able to suspend judgment, comfortable with imagination, sees problems as opportunities, sees problems as interesting, problems are emotionally acceptable, challenges assumptions, doesn't give up easily: perseveres, works hard
SIGNING OFF WORDS: In a world full of conventional thinkers who prefer being in their shell and working out of their "comfort zones" you will find it pretty challenging to be "creative." Take it up and learn to "stand out in the crowd." In the race between "The Hare and the Tortoise" we all have read this fable, and we know the "Tortoise" won and they said "Slow and steady wins the race," true, but if you see the physical characteristics of the tortoise, 'it has it's neck stuck out.' See the athlete's who win races, lunge forward sticking out their necks and nose to touch the tape to claim victory. So you see who wins the race, "the one's who stick out their necks."
18th June 2013 From India, Hyderabad