Workplace Innovation Scotland Lab
Fresh Thinking Labs in association with DS Smith, Argenta Dundee and Endura
are delighted to launch the Workplace Innovation Scotland Lab for organisations
building high performance through an engaged workforce.
The Workplace Innovation Scotland Lab is a closed network of organisations committed to exploring leading edge practice and identifying practical, evidence-based solutions.
Each event is hosted by a company showcasing specific areas of good practice. Visiting companies act as ‘critical friends’, acknowledging achievements but also highlighting areas for improvement and offering practical advice based on their own experiences.
Between each event, dialogue is maintained on the Fresh Thinking Labs platform on which a unique portfolio of case examples, articles and practical tools can also be found.
Click on the tabs below to find out more, and sign up using the form below.
Here is our unique programme of opportunities to learn, share and be part of fresh thinking in 2017-18:
|DS Smith is a leading packaging company based in Lockerbie. The company has undergone a remarkable journey of culture change and workplace innovation involving open, inclusive and devolved decision-making and employee-led improvements in workflow and productivity.
Discover how coaching leads to enhanced problem-solving and communication amongst front-line employees, and how cardboard and pipe cleaners are helping to remodel the factory!
Argenta Dundee has a great story to tell about leadership, culture change, team development and workforce engagement, as well as a change of ownership. The company has recently become part of New Zealand-based Argenta, a privately owned and an independent pharmaceutical contract manufacturing and R&D organisation.
Share the company’s journey of transformation and explore the importance of experimentation, learning and resilience in leading workplace change.
|Endura has actively involved its workforce in improvement and innovation through a wide-ranging series of initiatives including open forums and process mapping, resulting in enhanced performance as well as higher levels of engagement across the company. Discover how these changes empowered production teams, leading to new roles for management and leadership.
|Cornerstone, a leading care provider in Scotland, has introduced an ambitious and highly innovative approach to self-managed teamworking, challenging traditional practices and creating a new, less hierarchical structure. Learn more about its remarkable journey.
All events run from 09.30 for 10.00 until 16.00.
In addition to benefits described above, Fresh Thinking Labs companies in Scotland can enjoy:
|Company-hosted visit programme 2017-18||A unique opportunity to visit Scottish companies with remarkable stories to share.|
|The Essential Fifth Element Diagnostic||The Diagnostic is a unique employee survey based on 62 evidence-based indicators, and enables organisations to identify the potential for improvement and innovation in specific areas of working practice. Includes a detailed Diagnostic Report and action plan template. In-house support by Fresh Thinking Labs experts is available at discounted rates to help interpret results and identify actions.|
And, to ensure effective and sustainable organisational change . . .
|Leadership for Workplace Innovation||This ILM (Institute for Leadership and Management) accredited Programme guides participants through evidence, inspiring real-life cases and practical tools to support you in designing and implementing action plans for effective and sustainable change. It leads to the award of a Level 5 Certificate in Leadership for Workplace Innovation and can be delivered in-house or as part of a group programme with other companies.|
| Period October 2017 – 31st December 2018
|Includes Company-hosted visit programme 2017-18 plus Fresh Thinking Labs benefits as described.||Without Diagnostic||With
|Companies employing up to 100 people||400||950|
|Companies employing 101 – 500 people||750||1,500|
|Companies employing 500+ people||950||2,500|
|Dedicated post-Diagnostic expert support is available at a substantially discounted rate. Companies may be eligible for financial support from Scottish Enterprise – contact us for more information.|
|Contact us to discuss rates for the ILM-accredited Leadership for Workplace Innovation programme: [email protected]|
Offers a sophisticated Diagnostic tool to help identify opportunities for improvement and innovation.
Enables participants to benchmark their own practices against each other.
Enables the sharing of good practice and ideas through facilitated workplace visits.
Builds active relationships with your peers in other organisations.
Creates a forum for collaborative innovation and problem solving.
Draws on experience from our network of leading companies from across Europe.
Suggests practical tools and resources for workplace change.
Provides access to expert guidance.
The Labs will be facilitated by:
Dr Peter Totterdill, an international expert, consultant, policy advisor and passionate advocate for workplace innovation. He is joint founder of Fresh Thinking Labs and Visiting Professor at universities in the UK and Lithuania.
Rosemary Exton, joint founder of Fresh Thinking Labs and an acknowledged expert in self-managed teams and employee-driven innovation. Rosemary has wide experience of enabling organisational change including the facilitation of dialogue workshops, action learning, and supporting those leading innovation.
Joining the Workplace Innovation Scotland Lab gives you access to Fresh Thinking Labs, the International Open Source Movement for Workplace Innovation, with access to a growing community of enterprises. Fresh Thinking Labs companies benefit from:
- Personal introductions to other companies by experienced international facilitators.
- Online search and matching based on interests and expertise.
- Open Events, offering opportunities to learn from good practice cases and experts.
- Live knowledge-sharing forums on member-identified themes.
- In Person Labs: small, closed groups exploring specific issues or opportunities together.
- Sharing and developing good practices through facilitated workplace visits.
- A unique Online portfolio including research evidence, case studies and practical tools.
Fresh Thinking Labs was created by Workplace Innovation Europe, an international not-for-profit organisation created to develop and share good practices in the workplace. Workplace Innovation Europe co-leads the European Workplace Innovation Network (EUWIN) on behalf of the European Commission and its Directors, Rosemary Exton and Professor Peter Totterdill, created The Essential Fifth Element as a practical approach to the introduction of workplace innovation in companies.
“I think today has been absolutely brilliant. Fresh Thinking Labs is about interaction and the whole concept of bringing businesses together to share their experiences in this way is ground-breaking and invaluable.”
Herman Kok, FD, Lindum Group
“The Fresh Thinking Labs concept is incredibly important because if you only rely on your own company and the people in your own organisation, then you’re very limited as to how you are going to develop innovation and engagement.
Coming together with other companies helps you recognise that we have similar problems and challenges. In some cases, other companies have actually tackled a problem you’ve got and come up with a solution that may have taken you months or even years to resolve.”
Malcolm Bond, MD, Rittal CSM
“The power of events of this nature is that you are exposed to things you wouldn’t normally be exposed to. It reminds you that if you only act on what you already know, you’ll never change. The concept of Fresh Thinking Labs exposes you to new ways of applying different thinking to an organisation and that’s the real power of it. I have learned a lot today – much more than I anticipated when I first arrived.”
Jeremy Ling, CEO, Bristan Group