The Employee-Driven Innovation Lab
Fresh Thinking Labs and the Danish Technological Institute are delighted to launch the Employee-Driven Innovation Lab in association with four leading companies willing to share good practices and to explore the challenges involved in engaging employees at all levels in innovation and improvement.
Innovation is popularly associated with R&D, ICT investment and high-profile entrepreneurs. However this association can be misleading. Much of the innovation in products, services and processes that leads to enhanced business competitiveness and performance is generated by interaction, dialogue and exploration within the workplace. Unsurprisingly this is more common in workplaces where employees have greater control over their own work coupled with discretionary opportunities for learning, problem solving and creative exploration.
Systematic opportunities for shared learning and reflection are well embedded in these workplaces. This is reflected in times and spaces where people at work can discuss ideas with co-workers or in team meetings. For an increasing number of organisations it means creating dedicated innovation spaces or FabLabs that bring diverse combinations of people together to think in different ways, to share technical knowledge and insights, to create new products or services and to reinvent work processes.
How can you engage employees at every level in innovation and improvement? The Employee-Driven Innovation Lab is a closed network of companies committed to exploring leading edge practice and identifying practical, evidence-based solutions.
- 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:
- Informal dinner with expert speaker on the previous evening.
- Visits take place between 09.00 and 16.00 with coffee and informal networking on arrival.
- An initial orientation session will last for no more than an hour and include presentations by Fresh Thinking Lab experts and the host – focussing specifically on issues relating to employee engagement in improvement and innovation.
- This will be followed by a short planning session in which the visitors will identify the key questions and issues that they wish to explore during the day.
- Visitors will be able to talk informally to as many different employees and managers as possible.
- During the afternoon the visitors will prepare their feedback, including ppt.
- The feedback session will take place between 15.00 and 16.00 and will be addressed to an appropriate panel of staff from the host organisation.
- Delegates will receive a full Case Report after each event.
The Labs will be facilitated by:
Dr Peter Totterdill, a Director of Workplace Innovation Europe CLG. Peter is an international expert, consultant, policy advisor and passionate advocate for workplace innovation. He is also Visiting Professor at two universities.
Signe Skov-Hansen, Senior Consultant at the Danish Technological Institute. She works internationally to support the digital transformation of companies and organizations through the use of open innovation forms, including employee-driven innovation, digitally supported stakeholder management, crowdsourcing, social and community-based innovation.
Professor John Bessant, Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University, and internationally acknowledged author of many books and articles on high involvement innovation.
We hope you will be part of it! You can join using the form below or request further information via [email protected]