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.

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Insight



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 for action.

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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.


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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.

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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?

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Interactive Theatre

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.

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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.

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Transformational Coaching

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.

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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.

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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.

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Workplace Innovation Limited helps to build a very special relationship between Scotland and the Basque Country


Workplace Innovation Limited has been supporting Scottish Enterprise and the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa in the Spanish Basque Country as each develops its own approach to promoting the uptake of workplace innovation by companies.

We suggested that both organisations could benefit by exchanging ideas and experience with each other, and that this might open wider possibilities for collaboration between the two countries.

The first steps are described below.



Peter Totterdill, Director of Workplace Innovation Europe Limited and Clare Alexander, Head of Workplace Innovation at Scottish Enterprise,
talk about Workplace Innovation at the Workshop.


Clare Alexander (Scottish Enterprise) writes:

On 15th-16th June I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation from the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa and Sinnergiak Social Innovation (part of the University of the Basque Country) to speak at a dialogue workshop in Donostia-San Sebastian, and to meet policymakers, companies and other stakeholders. The workshop formed part of a wider workplace innovation programme, sponsored by the Department for Economic Promotion, Rural Development and Regional Balance.

Participants on the day included key policy-makers and invited representatives of development agencies, employer confederations, universities, the Chamber of Commerce, and enterprises. In total 50 people took part.

For my presentation, I was fortunate to share the platform with Peter Totterdill (a Director of Workplace Innovation Europe), and our slot focused on the role of workplace innovation in territorial development.

The Conference session was an excellent forum to explore and discuss our shared approaches to workplace participation and innovation.

Later in the visit we met representatives of ASLE (the Basque Association of Labour Organisations - see http://asle.es), who explained how workers facing redundancy could use their anticipated unemployment and social benefits to protect their jobs through investment in the company through a form of collective shareholding. This unique approach appears to work well and is heavily supported by the Government.

We also embarked on the first of three Company visits which allowed us to see policy in practice: Salto Systems, an innovative manufacturer of world-class access control systems (http://www.saltosystems.com/en-gb/); Ampo (www.ampo.com) including its ‘Creative House’ where all employees can take time out to develop innovative ideas and solutions (see http://ampo.com/news-media/photo-video-galleries/photo-gallery/); and the famous Mondragón Cooperative Corporation´s Headquarters where we were given a presentation of the cooperative movement in the Basque Country including a meeting with the Corporative Research Centre on Participation and Innovation (www.mondragon-corporation.com).

A key highlight of the visit was a meeting in the historic headquarters of the Government of Gizpuzkoa with the Deputy for Economic Promotion (Ms. Ainhoa Aizpuru) and the Director of Economic and Knowledge Promotion (Mr. Antton Tomasena). We were deeply impressed by the Government’s support for workplace innovation and its imaginative approach to unlocking the region’s economic, technological, human and cultural resources to build its territorially distinctive model of development and inclusion.

There was clear agreement from both sides on the potential benefits of collaboration between Gipuzkoa and Scotland, and we have agreed to host a reciprocal visit to Scotland in September 2017.

An exciting and worthwhile visit! A big thanks to Egoitz Pomares of Sinnergiak Social Innovation for hosting this event and for his wonderful hospitality.

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