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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Clients and their Comments

I have recently successfully completed my Level 5 ILM Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring through ‘Workplace Innovation'.

I undertook the programme to enhance my coaching and mentoring skills, gain an accredited coaching qualification and improve my business offering as an independent HR Consultant. The whole experience was very positive and has brought early benefits to both me personally and my clients.

Harry Gilfillan is an experienced Coach and was particularly helpful both in providing insightful expertise around the subject and supporting me through the assignments. The work materials were clear and well-presented and our regular coaching sessions worked very well – complimenting my style and work commitments.

Harry has a very supportive approach and coached me through the process, always providing professional guidance and giving excellent feedback . I would highly recommend anyone considering following a 'distance learning' approach to strongly consider Workplace Innovation as their partner provider.

Jo Birznieks, Director, JAK HR Associates

Our collaboration with Professor Totterdill and his colleagues proved to be inspired. Professor Totterdill filled the role of Masterclass facilitator with what seemed like effortless ease, thanks to a thorough grasp of the subject matter, a warm and engaging style of interacting with the audience, and a thoroughly professional approach to planning and preparation.

Lucy Fallon-Byrne, Director, National Centre for Partnership and Performance, Ireland

We wanted a WOW factor and you’ve certainly delivered that!

Tony Williams, Executive Director of People, Orbit Group

“Peter Totterdill has a creative and innovative proposition around change management that involves forum theatre and expert facilitation. He and his team delivered an outstanding event for our communications community that engaged them in the topic of change. During the session, actors presented a very engaging play about a company going through change. Between each of the scenes of the play, the audience could ask the characters questions, coach them to behave differently towards one another and explore what they could do as communications professionals to help the characters succeed. This way of learning is hugely engaging and Peter clearly has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer on the topic. I highly recommend Peter and his team to anyone wanting to inspire and educate people about how to manage change well in organisations.”

Sharon Darwent, Head of Employee Engagement, BT

From a personal point of view I found Peter and Rosemary very easy to work with and their knowledge of the workplace is exceptional. They were always there to help, guide and point us in the right direction.

Irene Emery, Customer Services Director, Pendragon Contracts

Peter’s experience in effectively facilitating diverse groups in a Change Conference setting was evident. All aspects of the facilitation focused on fostering the active participation of attendees. Utilising diagonal, silo and working group seating arrangements for discussion and action planning was particularly effective in optimising the interest and enthusiasm of participants throughout the day. Most important was the emphasis on developing working groups to take the change agenda forward and report on it. The team were professional, flexible, supportive and reliable.

Gwen Moore, Co-ordinator, VEC National Partnership Forum, Ireland

“I have worked with Peter over a number of years, most recently in an Acas sponsored project in the East Midlands helping organisations introduce high performance work practices based on cooperation. Peter led the exercise. He is excellent in his range of knowledge on best practices across Europe and how they can be implemented. He is practical especially in working with companies and employees. He is a very good, participative seminar and workshop leader able to get the best out of people with everyone contributing.”

John Purcell, Professor of HRM, University of Warwick

“I can firmly recommend Peter's work in developing leadership capability and broader employee engagement insight.”

Dave Newborough, Head of Employment Relations, E.ON UK

“Professor Totterdill has proven himself as an internationally renowned expert in the area of workplace innovation by giving keynote speeches in Korea at international workplace innovation conferences consecutively in 2008 and 2009. We appreciate his big contribution to disseminate the concept of workplace innovation in Korea.”

Dr Jae-Ho Keum, Director, Korea Workplace Innovation Center, Seoul

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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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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.

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