We’re still European06-Jul-2016
Staying Connected in Europe
In common with many other people and organisations, the referendum result has forced us to think hard about the future and about our own values and identity. It has raised profound questions about the future of the UK’s economy, society and constitution. Yet, as we often argued, the debate largely sidestepped vital issues such as the way in which migration policy will inevitably be shaped by the UK’s ageing workforce and low productivity.
Companies in the UK and beyond have told us that they want an open Europe in which they can exchange good practices and learn and innovate together, unconstrained by national borders. Europe is an amazing learning resource, full of innovative companies keen to share experiences with each other. Our strength and passion has always been to help this to happen.
UK WON, and its sister company Workplace Innovation Limited, have their origins in some thirty years of EU-funded projects and programmes. Around half of our work takes place in Europe as a whole. During this time we have brought companies together from nearly thirty countries to share ideas and experiences of ‘what works’; we have created tools and resources that draw on international research to provide the practical knowledge needed in the workplace; we have highlighted the role of trade unions and employers’ organisations as “knowledgeable participants” in workplace innovation; we have worked directly with the European Commission to support better and more productive workplaces; we have supported regional and national policymakers in settings as diverse as Scotland, Estonia and the Basque Country; and we have helped countless individual companies combine high performance with high quality of working life.
Brexit vote won’t prevent us from continuing our work across Europe. In
doing so we will strengthen opportunities for companies in the UK and
internationally to build connections, learn from each other and innovate
Fresh Thinking Labs, our new platform to be launched later this summer, creates unique opportunities for companies to exchange ideas and experience Online and to visit each other’s workplaces In Person as critical friends.
Within the next month we will establish Workplace Innovation Europe as a sister company in at least one EU Member State. And we are exploring new ways of working even more closely with our partners in Europe.
These are challenging and uncertain times but staying connected in Europe will be a source of resilience and strength.