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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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.


The Workplace Diagnostic is a great starting point. It measures employee experience against 62 evidence-based working practices associated with enhanced capacity for innovation as well as improved productivity, health and engagement, and provides a clear and very practical starting point for effective change. Results are broken down by team and department, and translated into a practical action planning template.

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 and Events

Latest workshops provide a fasttrack to leadership development Described by one participant as “a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the current landscape of your organisation and develop ideas to drive innovation”, our recent Exeter workshop created such a great buzz that we’ve decided to repeat it – this time in Glasgow and Bristol. The Exeter event attracted companies as varied as including Johnson & Johnson (https://www.jnj.com/), Delt Services (https://deltservices.com/), MBDA (https://www.mbda-systems.com/), Futures Housing Group (https://futureshg.co.uk/), M-EC (https://www.m-ec.co.uk/) and Lightfoot, (https://www.lightfoot.co.uk/) and we’re expecting even greater diversity at our next events. Several participants in the Exeter workshop used the event to kickstart their journey towards an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management combined with accreditation as Workplace Innovation Practitioners. Join us in Glas..

As a member of the 2019/20 Fresh Thinking Labs programme, you’ll visit some of Europe’s most innovative companies and meet highly experienced change leaders. Giant companies such as Scania (https://www.scania.com/uk/en/home.html) and SMEs such as Dutch special needs cycle manufacturer Van Raam (https://www.vanraam.com/en-gb) share a commitment to employee empowerment and a culture of innovation – and they’re willing to share their experiences. And you can even opt to use the programme to support your journey to an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management – your learning and reflections from the visits are part of the assessment. We’ve designed an exciting programme offering you the opportunity to learn from practitioners and thought leaders from several countries. Each visit addresses key workplace practices associated with high performance and great places to work, enabling you to share experiences and practical advice wit..

Recently we enjoyed some delightful and stimulating 'walk and talk' sessions with Edwin Van Vlieberghe (https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwin-van-vlierberghe-45139374/?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_pulse_read%3B81w6IgVyQa2d1W9IQ4fwkQ%3D%3D), until recently a Global Vice-President at Bombardier Transportation (https://www.bombardier.com/en/transportation.html). Standing in the middle of Grimspound (https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/grimspound/), a spectacular Bronze Age settlement on Dartmoor, Edwin pointed out that the unique effectiveness of #workplaceinnovation as a means of enhancing business performance and working lives lies in its insistence on leaders changing themselves as well as their organisations. He went on to share some inspiring experiences from his working life in the rail and automotive industries - and we look forward to hearing more from Edwin when we facilitate Scottish Enterprise's Workplace Innovation Masterclass (http://freshthinkingla..

Former Met Office consultant joins Exeter leadership workshop A diverse group of businesses and not-for-profit organisations from around the UK are gathering in Exeter next month to participate in an innovative leadership workshop programme aimed at providing leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence that enable them to build high performing organisations by fully engaging their people. Led by Workplace Innovation Europe CLG (WIE), participants include Plymouth based shared services company, Delt Services (https://deltservices.com/), Exeter based Lightfoot (https://www.lightfoot.co.uk/), an award-winning, highly innovative vehicle improvement technology business, Midlands-based construction engineering specialists M-EC (https://www.m-ec.co.uk/), and Macmillan Cancer Support (https://www.macmillan.org.uk/). Futures Housing Group (https://futureshg.co.uk/) which manages over 9000 properties in the Midlands, and Stevenage based defence manufacturer MBDA (h..