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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The Essential Fifth Element is an integrated approach to workplace innovation, creating high performance, engagement and great places to work. It builds workplaces where people at all levels can use their knowledge, talent and creativity to the full.

It starts with the organisation as a whole, recognising that practices and cultures in one area inevitably have an impact on other areas.

The Essential Fifth Element brings together individual job design, teamworking, relations between different teams and department, systems and procedures such as performance management, opportunities for shared learning, improvement and innovation, how employee voice is heard in strategic decision making, and the role of leadership.

It draws on day-to-day experiences of the workplace, recognising that the stories people tell each other about their working lives can represent a fantastic, if often untapped, resource for improvement and innovation.

It also recognises that there is often a discrepancy between the ways in which senior managers see their organisations and the ways they are experienced by frontline employees.

Finally The Essential Fifth Element inspires, drawing on experiences and practices from some of the most exciting organisations in Europe to stimulate new ways of looking at workplaces and organisations, raising aspirations about what can be achieved.

It is The Essential Fifth Element. Talk to us at contact@goodworkplaces.net about how The Essential Fifth Element can transform performance and engagement in your organisation.

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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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Digital technologies promise to transform productivity, remove waste and eliminate repetitive work through the rational organisation of production and service delivery. Yet research evidence and practical experience alike suggest that improvements in productivity will be achieved mainly by enhancing human labour through digital assistance rather than replacing it. In short, organisations are unlikely to achieve a full return on investment unless technological innovation and human factors are considered together. Discover what you can do to ensure the best possible fit between digital potential and human potential. Find out more (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/ready-for-digital-innovation)..

Industry 4.0: Enabling Digital and Organisational Readiness Booth Welsh (https://boothwelsh.co.uk/) and Workplace Innovation Europe (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/) will jointly lead The Digital Advantage Innovation Consortium (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/DAIC), an innovative programme beginning Autumn 2019, which will bring up to twelve companies together on a shared journey towards digital advantage. The programme will provide individual participants with digital change leadership skills, with the option of an internationally recognised Institute for Leadership & Management (ILM) qualification. Their companies gain structured support to build digital and organisational readiness for technological change, drawing on evidence-based practices and exemplary cases from across Europe. Find out more (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/DAIC)..

Your invitation to a free company visit and workshop How can you ensure that your organisation is ready to take full advantage of digital technologies – and unleash the full potential of your people at the same time? Booth Welsh (https://boothwelsh.co.uk/), a specialist engineering services company based in Irvine, has been on a remarkable journey. It has transformed workplace culture and created day-to-day opportunities for staff at every level to be part of the company’s deep commitment to innovation and improvement – all part of its strategic plan to stay ahead of the competition. Booth Welsh understands that getting a full return on expensive digital investments doesn’t happen without the full engagement of its workforce, harnessing the experience and insights of people at every level, and developing the knowledge and skills they need to play a key role in this growing company’s exciting future. Martin Welsh (the company..

Workplace Innovation’s Peter Totterdill (https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-totterdill-a2b6451/) facilitated a dynamic panel discussion at the Work Foundation Centenary Celebration (http://www.theworkfoundation.com/events/wf100-centenary-celebration/) in London last Thursday. The panel titled ‘Dynamism: Creating productive, dynamic and engaging workplaces’ included Richard Carter - Managing Director of BASF UK&Ireland, Rannia Leontaridi - Director of Business Growth, BEIS, Tony Tanker - CEO, Be the Business, and Paul Nowak - Deputy General Secretary, TUC. Key findings from the debate are: Pinch with pride, learning from other businesses and productivity ideas from your people is the future of good and productive work! Discover our new company events (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/FTL-Programme) Invest in your people's development (including managers) and empower them to bring ideas forward. Learn more about our Program..