Introduction

 

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

 

Two things are clear.

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.

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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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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.

The Lab

  • 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.

FOUR GREAT REASONS TO JOIN

  • Four quarterly meetings hosted by member companies, each providing an opportunity to share achievements and current challenges.
  • Build active relationships with your peers in other member organisations.
  • Be part of an online community with access to a wider international network.
  • Expert guidance relating to evidence-based practice.

Annual subscription: £3000/€4000 including Standard Membership of Fresh Thinking Labs.



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 info@freshthinkinglabs.com


Joining the Employee-Driven Innovation Lab gives you automatic membership of Fresh Thinking Labs, the International Open Source Movement for Workplace Innovation. Membership provides you with access to a growing international community of enterprises including an online forum and personalised introductions to other members based on shared interests and experience.

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