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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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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Your fast track to leadership development and organisational change Exeter: 9thApril (16.00) to 10th April 2019 (16.00) An Immersive Workshop, full of fresh thinking and interaction Followed by e-learning and online coaching Leading to your ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management What’s in it for you and your organisation? You are a senior team member, manager or emerging leader wanting to drive change forward. We offer you evidence-based approaches to achieving effective and sustainable transformation, supported by individual coaching, action learning and, if required, in-house facilitation (at extra cost). You become part of a community of companies and public sector organisations, sharing and learning together. You gain the Institute for Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 Certificate in Leadership, an internationally-recognised qualification. Your organisation achieves significant change a..

Scottish Enterprise (https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/) has announced the continuation of its nation-wide programme of workplace innovation Masterclasses confirming Scotland’s status as one of the most pro-active European countries promoting long-term sustainable economic growth through the development of inclusive and creative workplaces. The contract to conduct the next 12 Masterclasses over a three year programme has been awarded to Workplace Innovation Europe Limited (WIE) (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu), a not-for-profit organisation which successfully delivered Scottish Enterprise’s Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme (WIEP) where 19 business were engaged in a ground-breaking combination of individual learning and development, peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experience, and on-site coaching and facilitation. Read more (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/future-proofing-the-Scottish-economy)..

Inspiring business leaders are not hard to find, but survey evidence and experience suggest that they are not yet the norm. Supporting business leaders to build the capability and competence required to survive and thrive in an increasingly volatile global economy starts with a clear and consistent view of leadership and leadership development, one that is informed by evidence and practical experience alike: Empowering others Earlier theories emphasised ‘transformational’, ‘charismatic’, ‘visionary’ and ‘inspirational’ leadership. Yet organisations seeking to engage the full range of workforce talent and to encourage entrepreneurial behaviours are abandoning such approaches in favour of shared and distributed (or ‘Co-Created’) leadership. This empowers everyone with the opportunity to lead in areas which reflect their own expertise or initiative, whether strategic, innovative or operational, while unders..

Our experience of promoting fairer, more productive work dates back as far as the early 1990s. Together with our Dutch partners, we were the co-creators of the workplace innovation concept - which has now taken root in European Commission policy and in the economic strategies of several countries, including Scotland. Workplace innovation sees organisations as systems of interdependent parts which need to be considered as a whole, leading to simultaneous benefits for businesses and their employees, and is evidence-based. It includes: good job design, self-managed teamworking, human-centred technologies, employee-driven improvement and innovation, flatter organisational structures, coaching styles of management, trust-based systems and procedures, employee voice in decision-making, shared & distributed (‘co-created’) leadership. Read more (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/How-to-build-high-performance-and-great-working-lives..