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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OUR APROACH

How we do what we do 



There is no one best way of ensuring change or innovation: it is a journey of learning and discovery. We can make that journey more inspiring and more rewarding.

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The Essential Fifth Element



The Essential Fifth Element is Workplace Innovation’s practical programme of support for building high performance and high levels of engagement. It draws on all the research evidence embodied in The Fifth Element, conceived by Peter Totterdill and Rosemary Exton as a means of building a bridge between theory and practice in workplace innovation.

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Peter Totterdill



Peter Totterdill is a stimulating, informed and highly interactive speaker and facilitator for time out sessions, in-house workshops, courses, master classes and conferences.

His knowledge and experience cover topical issues from innovative ways of implementing change to the latest thinking and research about the future of work and organisations.

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Five reasons NOT to work with us! 

  1. We won’t automatically believe everything you tell us. Sometimes frontline workers have different insights and perspectives. Sometimes they even know more than their bosses. We’ll listen to them too and involve them in improvement and change. 
  2. We love it when people ask difficult questions. Our approach encourages managers and employees at every level to ask “couldn’t we do this better?” We also help them to find the answers.
  3. We don’t do quick fixes. OK, we do look for some quick wins but our approach focuses on the root causes of problems, not symptoms. We’re not happy unless we can help you to achieve sustainable improvement and innovation.
  4. We’re not reassuringly expensive. Workplace Innovation began life as part of UK WON, a not-for-profit organisation created in 1997 to spread better ways of working through research, advocacy and inspiration. We continue to live UK WON’s values and to support it financially because we really want to make a difference.
  5. We tend to hang around. No, we don’t drag projects out unnecessarily but when we’re done we’ll keep in touch and invite you to join UK WON’s free-of-charge networking events. We might even ask you to share your achievements at one of our national or international business conferences . . .

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Knowledge
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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

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..