The Employee Representation
and Direct Participation Lab
Fresh Thinking Labs, the Involvement & Participation Association and LO Denmark are delighted to launch the Management-Employee and Direct Participation In Person Lab in association with four leading companies willing to share good practices and to explore the challenges involved in bridging the gap between representative participation and direct participation in the workplace.
Partnership between management, employees and trade unions can take many forms, but always requires openness, transparency and two-way communication. At the very least it can be an effective tool for positive industrial relations, minimising conflict and resistance to change.
Yet partnership also needs to transcend the industrial relations sphere. An important body of research has begun to show that representative partnership structures on their own may have little direct impact on performance or quality of working life. Rather they can exert a positive influence on the development of activities and practices that may do so. In short, they can become the animator and guardian of employee empowerment and engagement.
The Lab is based on a small, closed network of companies and public sector employers committed to exploring and developing workplaces that generate win-win outcomes for businesses and employees alike.
- Enables the sharing of good practice and ideas between workplaces.
- Creates a forum for collaborative innovation and problem solving.
- Bridges the gap between research and practice.
- Draws on experience from our network of leading companies from across Europe.
- Develops practical tools and resources for workplace change.
You can join using the form below or request further information.
Key points of a typical Lab visit to a member’s workplace:
- Visits take place between 09.30 and 16.00 with coffee and informal networking on arrival.
- An orientation session lasts for no more than an hour and includes presentations by Fresh Thinking Lab experts and the host, focussing specifically on issues related to the topic.
- This is followed by a short planning session in which the visitors identify key questions and issues that they wish to explore during the day.
- Visitors are able to talk informally to as many different employees and managers as possible.
- During the afternoon, the visitors prepare their feedback, often including ppt.
- The feedback session takes place between 15.00 and 16.00, addressed to an appropriate panel of employees and managers from the host organisation.
- Delegates receive a full Case Report after each event.
The Labs will be facilitated by:
Professor Peter Totterdill, an international expert, consultant, national and EU policy advisor and passionate advocate for better ways of working.
Derek Luckhurst, Training and Development Director at the Involvement & Participation Association. As a trade union National Secretary for Legal & General, Derek was previously instrumental in establishing a breakthrough partnership agreement at the company.
We hope you will be part of it! You can join using the form below or request further information via [email protected]