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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What is workplace innovation? And how do you create a system of working practices that leads to high performance and high quality of working life?

 

 

 

What is The Essential Fifth Element? Find out what all the buzz is about in our film below




 
   
The First Element:
Jobs and Teams
The Second Element:
Structures, Management
and Procedures
The Third Element:
Employee-Driven Innovation
and Improvement
The Fourth Element:
Co-Created Leadership
and Employee Voice

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Articles

Articles

Articles
Case Studies
Case Studies
Case Studies
Case Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Essential Fifth Element was created precisely to help organisations of all types answer these questions. It builds on in-depth analysis of literally hundreds of research articles and case studies, as well as on much practical experience of stimulating and supporting workplace innovation.

The way we organise and manage our workplaces is vital to the future of our economy and its ability to compete in a fast-changing world.

Workplace practices affect productivity, innovation and customer service. They have a major influence on our health, well-being and engagement.

Research from Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden and the US shows substantial performance premiums in firms that systematically involve and empower employees. Compared with firms using traditional workplace methods, productivity was 20-60% higher while turnover and sickness fell by over 20%.

 

Why workplace innovation matters

The Essential Fifth Element offers a practical, evidence-based approach to understanding workplace innovation practices as well as their impact on performance and working life. It has found many applications across Europe.

The Essential Fifth Element describes the enabling, responsive and innovative culture that is so deeply embedded in some organisations. Such a culture is not the product of an initiative or a leadership development programme. It is only created when each of the other four Elements are in place – a system of mutually reinforcing practices.

So what are the four tangible elements that combine to create the essence of an innovative, engaging workplace? Firstly it’s the individual employee’s job and team. Secondly it’s the structure of the organisation as a whole, and thirdly about creating opportunities for reflection and improvement. Finally it’s about hearing the employee’s voice in both strategic and operational decisions. These are like the four elements that make up our world: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.

But it is when these elements combine that something remarkable begins to happen. This is The Essential Fifth Element, the buzz you get in a workplace where employees at every level use and develop their knowledge, experience and creativity to the full, where employees come to work to improve the organisation as well deliver their functional tasks in the best possible way.

This is workplace innovation.

Author: Peter Totterdill (updated March 2016)

 

 

 

One of the most significant obstacles to employee involvement and participation is partial change – a failure to recognise that organisations are made of interdependent parts that either nurture or obliterate innovative ways of working.

The Essential Fifth Element focuses on the organisation as a whole system.

 

What are they saying about The Essential Fifth Element?

Tom Francis, Saint-Gobain

Olivia Carlton, Transport for London

Philip Gibbs, GSK

Mark Wightman, Red Gate Software

Why workplace innovation matters




 

Latest News

East of England business invited to find their pathway to improved performance and productivity Friday 27th October, Cambridge, UK In a drive to help East Anglia based businesses improve performance and productivity, Acas (www.acas.org.uk) is partnering with expert change agents Workplace Innovation Limited (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/) to deliver a morning of insight and discussion that will change the way business leaders think about the future of work organisation. Caroline Plummer, Acas East of England Area Director, said: “Many businesses recognise the need to improve performance and productivity and to future-proof their operations through maximising skills utilisation, employee engagement and by creating healthier working environments but few know how to go about it.” “As a result we are partnering with Peter Totterdill and Rosemary Exton from Workplace Innovation to deliver practical ideas for people-centred change at an in..

Friday October 6th 2017, IAA Conference Centre, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2. (8.30am-12.30 pm) Having been appointed as the exclusive Irish partner of Fresh Thinking Labs (FTL), a Europewide platform for facilitating workplace innovation and knowledge sharing between businesses and organisations, Dublin based Stratis Consulting is hosting a launch event on the morning of October 6th, 2017 as it seeks to build a unique network which offers opportunities to share knowledge and experience of workplace innovation. FTL is part of Workplace Innovation Europe Limited and its membership includes both large and small businesses including Aviva, E.ON, GE Transportation, Novozymes, and Saint-Gobain. Its extensive network provides a pathway for businesses to discover the best workplace practices and latest thinking from across Europe. The concept of FTL builds on 25 years’ experience of helping companies and public-sector organisations enhance their competitiveness a..

Gabriella Eberhardt, HR Leader at GE Mining, shares her impressions after our London event 'Transforming Culture at GE Mining'. Interested to learn more? Fresh Thinking Labs is the international platform for company networking and workplace innovation, On Line and In Person: www.freshthinkinglabs.com (http://freshthinkinglabs.com) Please contact us for further information!..

“Workplace Innovation: Creating Performance in the Public Sector” is a two day event organised by EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration) and is aimed at public sector managers who are looking to enhance their leadership skills while improving their ability to drive effective and sustainable change, whether at team level or across complex organisations. Following the European Commission’s EUWIN initiative (http://uk.ukwon.eu/) (European Workplace Innovation Network) that recognised the importance of Workplace Innovation as a means of improving performance and the quality of working lives, the conference is to be held in Maastricht in November specifically targeting public sector organisations. Peter Totterdill, Director of Workplace Innovation Europe CLG and a keynote speaker at the conference said: “For public sector managers who would like to learn how to lead more effective teams and departments, improve efficiency and service qu..