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

Gipuzkoa Workplace Innovation Series of Dialogues The Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa and Sinnergiak Social Innovation (UPV/EHU), within the Gipuzkoa Workplace Innovation action-research project, have organised a series of dialogues on workplace innovation. These meetings and dialogues are part of the Programme for the Promotion of businesses committed to People and the Territory, promoted by the Department for Economic Promotion, Rural Development and Regional Balance, and which will take place throughout the month of May in Donostia-San Sebastian. Workplace Innovation refers to the collaborative construction of change processes in the organisation and management practices of companies that simultaneously entail improvements to productivity and the quality of employment. For this reason, and in order to establish a forum for reflection and the exchange of experiences, the series of dialogues is organised around five topics; Participation; Legislation and the r..

How do you create creativity and invoke innovation in a business; not just among the leadership team or a specific department, but across the entire company? A company may use a range of formal or informal processes to nurture innovation; different approaches work for different businesses. Insider’s roundtable heard from a selection of businesses from various sectors about how they encouraged innovation. Techniques included regular one to one sessions, team meetings, competitions and job swapping. The panel heard that employees have a big role to play in creating new ideas, no matter how old they were or how long they had been with the business. L to R: Rosemary Exton, Katie Smith, Ian Grffin (Insider Editor), David Willetts, Ian Lockwood Hardev Hughes, James Calder, David Fenton, Rachel McCann, Peter Totterdill You can read participants' key thoughts and view more photos from the event here (http://www.insidermedia.com/digital-events/nurturing-an-innova..

A Nottingham based HR Consultant has successfully completed Level 5 ILM Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring after Harry Gilfillan (http://www.goodworkplaces.net/Meet-the-Team-Harry-Gilfillan) of Workplace Innovation Limited devised a bespoke teaching programme to suit her professional circumstances. Jo Birznieks is a highly respected HR Consultant at JAK HR Associates Ltd with extensive HR and people management experience across both the public and private sectors. Her busy work schedule meant that she was looking for a provider who would be flexible as she didn’t want to have to join a course with set dates and times and found the course provided by Workplace Innovation on the ILM website. Consultant Trainer, Harry Gilfillan said: “Because of the nature of her work Jo couldn’t commit to the rigid approach of a public programme and it was important for her to work with a provider that was focussed on her needs. We met and agreed a way where she could..