We began in 1997 because there were too few spaces where enterprises, employers’ organisations, trade unions, policymakers, professional bodies and researchers could come together, both to explore the future of work and organisations and to address the persistent “long tail” of those not making use of workplace practices that engage and develop the full talent and creativity of employees at all levels.
Since our foundation we have created a series of joint initiatives and projects involving diverse stakeholders, held regular pro bono events to share evidence and good practice, and has been a persistent advocate for national government and EU policies to promote better ways of working.
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Research and Evidence
Firstly there is a vast and growing body of evidence to show that workplace innovation practices
which empower employees to make day-to-day-decisions, challenge established practices,
contribute ideas and be heard at the most senior levels of an organisation lead to better business
results as well as enhanced workforce health and engagement.
Secondly it is equally clear that most businesses are either unaware of this evidence, or that they are
unable or unwilling to act on it. Successive surveys demonstrate a substantial gap between research
evidence of “what works” and common workplace practice.
We work with diverse stakeholders to:
- Undertake high quality research into leading practice and emerging challenges relating to
work and organisations. Current and Past Projects
- Build bridges between research and practice through publications, events and the creation
of the EUWIN Knowledge Bank as the leading European source of case studies, articles and
other learning resources on workplace innovation.
We have also established Workplace Innovation Limited as a consultancy arm to help
companies and public sector organisations create new and better ways of working which build on a
vast body of research.
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Workplace Innovation helps improve performance and working lives by releasing the full range of
talent, knowledge and creativity from employees at every level.
Organisational Health Check
A springboard to innovation
Our Health Checks are not about us telling you what is wrong or right with your organisation. They are about your people telling us what is wrong or right, what can be done better, what works really well and what doesn’t.
An Organisational Health Check acts as a springboard with the potential to release innovative behaviour, improve performance, enhance employee well-being and stimulate growth.
We know the importance of listening to employees at every level in order to understand what
is working and what needs to be improved.
Our reports based on employees’ own accounts of experiences at work provide boards and
senior management teams with a powerful stimulus for change, and help to define priorities
Facilitating Change and Innovation
Breaking down walls and ceilings
Workplace Innovation is at the heart of performance, growth and employee well-being. Many see it but don’t know how to implement it.
We help organizations review improvement and innovation practices by breaking down walls and ceilings and creating dialogue across hierarchies and functions so that the better argument always wins.
Workplace Innovation’s facilitators work closely with leaders, managers and employees at every level, understanding their aspirations and strengths as well as what holds them back. We seek solutions co-created by all of the main stakeholders in an issue to ensure buy-in and to minimise resistance to change.
Working with Boards and Senior Teams
Horizon-scanning, thought leadership and rehearsing the future
What will your business look like in 2024 and what will your role be in leading it?
Seeing the world in a different way should be on the job description of Directors. Change is happening and it can’t be controlled but it can be anticipated.
Developing Emerging Leaders
From transactional to transformational
The demands of leadership are changing. At a time of significant challenge and opportunity, leaders and managers must drive improvement and innovation while motivation and energising employees. Emerging leaders must migrate from purely transactional management to proactive, transformational behaviour while current leaders must address the question of succession.
But where are the next leaders coming from and what skills and competences will they actually need?
Using drama to provoke thought and motivate change
Interactive theatre in the workplace is a real eye-opener. It helps to unlock employee engagement and creativity, one of the key challenges in securing successful organisational change, improving performance and enhancing working life – but it does it very differently.
You’ll see your organisations in a completely different and thought-provoking light.
Presentations, Facilitation and Masterclasses
Stimulating, informing and resourcing innovation and change
Expert facilitation, engaging presentations, creative thinking and interactive theatre are just some of the ways we enhance and enliven conferences, time-out sessions, in-house training and team development workshops.
We can also deliver masterclasses and provide internationally recognised expert speakers covering all aspects of people centres change, employee engagement, high involvement innovation and leadership development.
Achieving a new culture
We know how to coach – we do it for a living. However, we are also on a mission to help managers and leaders become inspired coaches in their own right and to introduce a coaching culture to their organisations that will achieve sustainable benefits.
Networking and Knowledge Sharing
Remember, you are not alone
Networking, knowledge sharing, the pooling of ideas and intellectual capital are the dynamics that underpin a sustainable movement of workplace innovation and provide all organisations looking to change and to challenge the future with access to the choices open to them and the experiences of others.
Flexible ILM Leadership & Coaching Courses
In-house and Distance Learning
Flexibility in learning is becoming increasingly important in employee development. We are experiencing a significant increase in clients needing a more flexible approach to the delivery of our ILM programmes.
Releasing staff to attend off-site public courses can cause problems for organisations, despite the obvious benefits of individuals from different backgrounds and industries sharing their experiences as they learn together. It is not always convenient for managers to block out days in their diary to attend sessions off-site, on dates that tend to be inflexible.
We recognise this and in addition to our public courses we are able to offer a range of flexible options to make it easier for organisations and individuals to access our ILM Leadership, Management and Coaching programme.
Fresh Thinking Labs Programme
Fresh Thinking Labs is the international open source movement for workplace innovation, combining state of the art Online interactions with In Person opportunities for knowledge sharing with other companies and leading practitioners. Fresh Thinking Lab members enjoy access to a unique range of opportunities for sharing knowledge and experience, building professional relationships with like-minded people and collaborating with them on issues of common interest.
An exciting programme is being developed for Fresh Thinking Labs members. More information will be available soon. You can learn more about Fresh Thinking Labs here.
Open Events for all Fresh Thinking Lab Members
E.ON: Diversity, Inclusion and Culture
Two day event: Collaborative Workplaces of the Future with the Danish
Technological Institute & Novozymes
GE Mining: Transforming culture
Organisation Design at Proekspert
In Person Labs – Closed Groups
|Good Work and Mental Well-Being
||Employers increasingly recognise the need to identify and support people with mental health problems, but how to establish those workplace practices which actively build mental well-being and engagement? Read more
|Workplace Innovation Scotland Lab
||Fresh Thinking Labs in association with DS Smith, Argenta Dundee, Endura and Aviva are delighted to launch the Workplace Innovation Scotland Lab for organisations keen to share experiences of creating high performance and an engaged workforce.
The Workplace Innovation Scotland Lab is a closed network of organisations committed to exploring leading edge practice and identifying practical, evidence-based solutions. Read more
|How to create times and spaces where employees at every level reflect on what has gone well and what can be improved, generate fresh ideas and ‘think out of the box’? Read more
|Employee Representation and Direct Participation
||Representative partnership structures on their own have little impact on performance or quality of working life. But how can they shape empowering work practices that lead to high productivity and performance? Read more
|And . . .
||Fresh Thinking Lab Members can create In Person Labs on any issue!
In 2016, Scotland’s Fair Work Convention (http://www.fairworkconvention.scot/) set out its vision for the future of work which included a practical blueprint for Fair Work and a new type of dialogue between employers, employees and trade unions, public bodies and the Scottish Government. In response, Scottish Enterprise (https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/) launched a portfolio of initiatives to promote workplace innovation, amongst the most significant of which is the two-year pilot Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme (WIEP) (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/Workplace-Innovation-Engagement-Programme), delivered by Workplace Innovation Europe CLG (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/).
What is workplace innovation?
As co-creators of the concept, Workplace Innovation Limited defines it as the introduction of empowering workplace practices that enable people at every level of the organisation to use and develop their full range of knowledge, skills, experience a..
The event, Industry 4.0, digitalisation and the people-centred workplace, brought an amazing international group of companies and experts together to explore how successful organisations are engaging employees in digital transformation. The key takeaway was that technological innovation and innovation in work processes need to go hand in hand:
“Digitalising a bad process doesn’t make it a better process.”
Participants agreed that if companies allowed machines to be in control, it would result in expensive failure. But digital technologies can be designed and deployed to enhance operator information and decision making, creating optimal synergies with human skills and ingenuity.
Event hosts Booth Welsh (https://boothwelsh.co.uk/), a leading provider of integrated engineering services, have been through a remarkable transformation themselves as part of our Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme (http://www.workplaceinnovatio..
The event 'The Journey towards Self-Directed Teamworking' was hosted by Cornerstone (https://www.cornerstone.org.uk/) and CEO Edel Harris, Strategy Implementation Leader Mairi Martin and several members of their frontline teams presented one of the best examples of the journey towards self-managed teamworking that we’ve heard in 25 years! Participants from five other companies on similar journeys took part in this latest Fresh Thinking Labs (freshthinkinglabs.com) event, gaining unique insights into organisational transformation.
Cornerstone has developed an ambitious new Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 called ‘Local Cornerstone’, designed to position Cornerstone for continued success and a sustainable future. Creating this new model of care focusses on the introduction of self-organised teams, together with a flattened hierarchy. The journey has involved building trust and empowerment, as well as the devolution of responsibility and local decision making. Polici..
Participants from the Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme wowed Portuguese companies with their stories of transformation at the Fresh Thinking Labs Masterclass hosted by the Instituto Portugues de Business Process Management in Lisbon last week. Aimee Doole and John Richardson (Booth Welsh), and Robert Heron (East Coast Oil & Gas), spoke passionately about how the programme has created high levels of staff engagement in idea generation, improvement initiatives and innovation.
They talked about how the Workplace Diagnostic (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/LWIP-The-Workplace-Innovation-Diagnostic) had brought home the nature and scale of the challenge to their senior teams, and how it had focused attention on the introduction of new working practices in specific areas of each business. Workshops held throughout the 10 month programme inspired participants with leading examples from across Europe, and action learning provided valuable peer-to-peer opportunitie..