Current projects

We bring together practitioners, policymakers and researchers to promote and support sustainable competitiveness and high quality of working life through participative work practices. Here are some of the ways we are currently realising our aims:

Creative Workplace Group

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Organisational improvement happens in creative workplaces. Creativity is an everyday behaviour with employees actively encouraged to contribute ways of improving the organisation through new products and business streams or better ways of working.

The Creative Workplace Group was a small, closed network of inspiring organisations from different sectors, each committed to building creative, versatile and productive places to work and to sharing experiences and problems with other members.

More details here. Members of the group can access the secure pages here

INNOVATIVE WORKPLACES

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ENHANCING SKILLS UTILISATION THROUGH WORKPLACE INNOVATION

A case study for the OECD by Peter Totterdill

 

This case study describes a pilot programme designed to enhance employee skills utilisation in workplaces. The programme focuses on workplace innovation, in short the adoption of participative and empowering organisational and managerial practices which engage the talent and potential of employees at all levels more effectively than traditional approaches.

Innovative Workplaces was created in a country and a region with little previous history of public policy support for workplace innovation; it will be of especial interest to other OECD member states in which there has been a comparable absence of intervention, not least because the programme produced a substantial return on investment including well-documented benefits for the participating organisations, their employees and the wider economy. Innovative Workplaces also demonstrates the potential for effective policy innovation based on collaboration between different bodies, in this case an NGO, a national public body and a regional development agency.

The full case study is available here.

Euwin

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EUWIN – sharing knowledge and experience of workplace innovation across 30 European countries

After years of campaigning by UK WON and its partners, the EU has created EUWIN as a learning network involving enterprises, policymakers, employers’ organisations, trade unions and researchers. We’re delighted to be one of the lead partners and are playing an important role in communicating evidence about participative ways of working though events and online communications.

We are responsible for the creation of EUWIN’s Knowledge Bank, the leading source of case studies, tools, articles and other resources for stimulating, informing and sustaining workplace innovation.

Read about our events and activities here; sign up to receive EUWIN Bulletins and access the Knowledge Bank here.

EUWIN'S Knowledge Base

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UK WON is also leading the creation of EUWIN’S Knowledge Base which sources case studies, articles and learning resources from researchers and practitioners across Europe.

The future of work and organisations

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The UK WON Advisory Board report The Future We Want? Work and Organisations in 2020 was launched at the EUWIN London Conference.

The idea for this report emerged from a rich and lively discussion after a meeting of UKWON’s Advisory Board. Subsequently a large number of Advisory Board members, including representatives of employers’ organisations, trade unions, public agencies and universities, met on several occasions to share ideas and insight, and contributed further suggestions and material through a variety of online means. One thousand copies of the report have been sponsored by E.ON and an online version is available here.

Workage

A three year EU-funded project designed to test UK WON’s proposition that the retention and engagement of older workers can be improved by enhancing empowerment in the workplace for everyone.

Current policy debates about the need for people to work later in life are largely ignoring long-established evidence that employees’ health, job satisfaction and engagement are enhanced when they experience autonomy and respect at work, and when they are closely involved in decisions that affect their work and workplaces. It is reasonable to assume that these factors also influence the retirement decisions of older workers.

WORKAGE involves in-depth, non age-related interventions by the Workplace Innovation team based on The Essential Fifth Element and focusing on job design, self-organised teamworking, improvement and innovation, and workplace partnership.

Participating employers are the NHS Southern Health and Care Trust (Northern Ireland) and Stoke on Trent City Council. Results, especially the engagement and retirement plans of older workers, will be measured by staff surveys undertaken before, during and after the interventions. Control groups will be used to measure the impact of the interventions more precisely.

The WORKAGE partnership also includes Nottingham Trent University and a wide range of expert organisations, social partners and policymakers.


More Details here

Simpact

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SIMPACT with its twelve partners from ten European countries is an EU research project that aims to understanding the economic impact of social innovation. Social innovation brings together diverse actors to create new approaches to the empowerment and inclusion of marginalised and vulnerable groups in society.

SIMPACT will lead to:

  • an improved understanding of the functioning of markets, public sector and institutions for the marginalised and vulnerable;
  • stronger and more coherent concepts of social innovation including alternative business models for financing, distribution and employment;
  • a better understanding of the characteristics and mechanisms of successful social innovation;
  • public policy instruments and methods to enhance and measure the economic and social impact of social innovation.

Our team’s role is to explore the ways in which public sector innovation and new modes of policy design and implementation can support real and sustainable social change.

CI-Net

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CI-Net is an EU Leonardo project that brings together creative industry clusters in Nottingham, Athens, Barcelona and Lisbon. Its aim is to facilitate shared learning amongst entrepreneurs and to explore the conditions for collaborative advantage within small firm clusters. The project includes an action-research based intervention in Nottingham’s “Creative Quarter”.

Read more about CI-Net

Past projects

Workplace innovation and workplace social dialogue

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A concept paper for Eurofound on the relationship between direct and indirect participation in the workplace. Peter Cressey, Rosemary Exton and Peter Totterdill argue that partnership forums involving employees and/or unions can stimulate employee engagement in innovation and improvement in return for greater trust and empowerment.

The paper informed the design of the 2013 European Company Survey.

Read the Report

Green Employability

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An EU funded project led by the National Offender Management Service in which UKWON is responsible for formative evaluation. The project is creating innovative pathways for ex-offenders from Community Payback to secure employment in the green sector. This involves rethinking the quality of work experience gained during punishment as well as the internal work organisation within Probation Trusts.

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Participative Governance: the Hospital of the Future Project

This report was jointly commissioned by the National Centre for Partnership and Performance and the Health Services National Partnership Forum in Ireland. It was conceived as an inquiry into the nature of high performance in the acute hospital system. While the particular research setting for this report was that of Ireland’s acute hospitals, the findings are readily transferable to other areas of the health system and indeed have relevance for the wider public service.

The report focuses on roles and relationships between management, staff and unions, and how these affect performance and outcomes. Above all, the aim was to identify the conditions under which hospital staff at all levels can use and develop their knowledge, skills and innovative potential to the full to achieve quality improvement, sound governance and cost-effective care.

Read the Report

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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Knowledge
& Networks

We are a not-for-profit organisation collaborating with public and private sector enterprises, trade unions, policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders to explore the future of work and organisations and to share good practice in the workplace.

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Working with you

Workplace Innovation helps enterprises and their employees to improve organisational performance and working lives by releasing the full knowledge, skill and creativity of people at every level.

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Workplace Innovation is an international company that bridges the gap between research and practice, spreading more productive and better ways of working across the UK and Europe.

We are the originators of The Fifth Element, an evidence based approach to workplace innovation and how it can transform your organisation.

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..

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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..