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Welcome to UKWON

The UK Work Organisation Network (UKWON) brings together employers, trade unions, frontline employees, universities, professional bodies, policy makers, and others committed to developing and disseminating new ways of organising work that lead to sustainable competetiveness and a high quality of working life.

Supporting workplace innovation

UKWON offers organisations advice, consultancy and learning resources to support effective and sustainable change.
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Working with policymakers

UKWON engages with policymakers regionally, nationally, at EU level and internationally to promote programmes and initiatives which support workplace innovation and a better quality of working life. Read more

Dialogue

UKWON creates opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to share ideas and experiences, and to work together in establishing new forms of work organisation. Read more

Research

UKWON generates actionable knowledge through its project work involving emergining and exemplary practice in organisations throughout Europe. Read more

Exclusive Knowledge Resources Database

A unique source of ideas, knowledge and practical tools to aid and support positive approaches to workplace innovation, organisational change and quality of working life. Read more

The UK Work Organisation Network (UKWON)

Brings together employers, trade unions, frontline employees, universities, professional bodies, policy makers and others committed to developing and disseminating new ways of organising work that lead to sustainable competitiveness and a high quality of working life.

Exclusive Knowledge Resources Database

This website features extensive Knowledge Resources including research reports, working papers, case studies and links to other sites from across Europe. We are creating a unique source of ideas, knowledge and practical tools for everyone concerned with positive approaches to workplace innovation, organisational change and quality of working life.

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HEADLINES

Work and Workplaces in 2020 - planning the launch of our groundbreaking report
UKWON Advisory Board members have taken part in a stimulating series of discussions on emerging trends in work and organisations.
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Upscaling Workplace Innovation - an
EU policy objective
After intensive lobbying by UKWON and several of our European partners, the European Commission is planning to launch a Workplace Innovation Learning Network to help stimulate the spread of good practice across 27 Member States.  READ MORE . . .

The Acas/UKWON Innovative Workplaces Programme - a model programme for the UK?
Following the positive evaluation of the pilot initiative, Acas and UKWON are rolling out the Innovative Workplaces programme as an accessible means of supporting employee engagement, high performance and healthier working in UK organisations. READ MORE . . .

Learning from success - Boots, Specsavers, Centrica, NextiraOne, Lindum and Whitbread host UKWON Network events
Six remarkable UKWON events have taken place since summer 2011, each led by a company with a significant track record in employee engagement. READ MORE . . .

Social Partnership in the NHS - a stocktake
Social partnership between NHS employers, unions and the Department of Health has proven remarkably robust despite the change of government and the plans for radical restructuring which followed. However the NHS Social Partnership Forum faces considerable challenges as the changes take shape. READ MORE . . .

Productive reflection: beyond the dualism of direct and indirect participation
Can representative employee forums create the conditions for participative practices in the workplace? This concept paper prepared for Eurofound by UKWON's Peter Totterdill, Peter Cressey and Rosemary Exton explores evidence that by building mutual trust, management - employee partnership can create the conditions for active participation at the frontline. READ MORE . . .

Employee engagement - a hot topic in Ethiopia and Sudan
At the invitation of the British Council, Peter Totterdill led UKWON Masterclasses for business leaders in Khartoum and Addis Ababa earlier this year. The results were surprising. READ MORE . . .


UKWON Links

LAUNCHING WORKPLACE INNOVATION
Discover how UKWON's sister organisation can deliver practical support for change in your organisation. Visit workplaceinnovation.eu

RESILIENCE -
IN TIMES OF CHANGE

The Resilience website and Action Resource Kit (ARK) was created by a highly experienced team lead by the Confederation of British Industry and the UK Work Organisation Network. Read more...

FORUM THEATRE
Forum Theatre is an innovative and highly effective method for engaging employees at all levels in change. UKWON has its own forum theatre company, Partners@Work, established in 1998. Read more...

News and Events

What on earth does Francis mean by culture?

The Francis Report into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust places a great emphasis on the need for a patient-centred culture, but nowhere is "culture" defined adequately. This UKWON Thinkpiece explores the practical implications of culture change for the NHS. Read more...

Announcing the launch of EUWIN - the European

As part of the European Commission’s Enterprise & Industry Mission for Growth strategy, a Europe-wide learning network for workplace innovation has been launched with the specific objective of improving the performance of organisations and the quality of jobs on a truly sustainable basis. UKWON is delighted to be a lead managing partner in EUWIN.   Read more...