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
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Essential Fifth Element diagnostic
Businesses and organisations looking to enhance the quality of their leadership practices, improve employee engagement and strengthen job design and teamworking can now benefit from a free on-line diagnostic tool to help them assess their workplace innovation progress.
The short diagnostic tool is based on the Essential Fifth Element, an original concept developed by Professor Peter Totterdill and Rosemary Exton, founders of Fresh Thinking Labs, an international workplace innovation network. It helps organisations to critically assess existing practice and offers a resource to stimulate and inform sustainable change.
The multiple-choice questionnaire relates to evidence-based workplace practices, all of which play an important role in shaping business performance and quality of working lives.
Respondents are asked to identify the workplace descriptions that most closely reflect current practices in their organisations over four categories – jobs and teams; structures, management and procedures; employee driven improvement and innovation; and co-created leadership and employee voice. They then receive a report with their company’s workplace innovation profile.
Peter Totterdill said: “This on-line tool helps companies self-assess whether they are already creating innovative workplace practices or whether there is more that they can do."
“It’s a self-administered health check which we hope will open up a new world of knowledge exchange and best practice providing real experiences of how to make great improvements in performance, productivity, employee voice and the quality of working life."
“Respondents also have access to a wide range of case studies, films, articles and workplace innovation evidence kept on our vast Knowledge Bank database. It’s free to register and members receive regular bulletins and event invitations."
We also provide an in-depth diagnostic including a full employee survey to members of Fresh Thinking Labs.”
Find out more and access the Essential Fifth Element Online diagnostic on the Fresh Thinking Labs website.
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)
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“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..