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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Innovative Workplaces: employee engagement in a learning cluster of nine organisations

Acas and Workplace Innovation Limited jointly led an innovative project in the East Midlands designed to help companies improve employee engagement through a combination of individual support and collaborative learning. Participating organisations received three principal forms of support:

Firstly an initial ILM-accredited short course provided a reflective space in which participants could evaluate practices in their own companies relating to work organisation and employee involvement, and could formulate an action plan for the implementation of change. At the final session of the course the plan was presented to the other project participants for peer review and evaluation.

Secondly the participants took part in regular Network meetings led by Workplace Innovation over a full day. The morning sessions were devoted to a thematic discussion of common problems, the afternoon to action-learning sets in which each organisation presented progress, achievements, obstacles and dilemmas for peer review and discussion. Two “Gatekeepers” from each organisation participated in both the inaugural course and the Network meetings: notionally one was a senior manager whose role was to lend authority to the change project and the second had responsibility for its day-to-day implementation. However Gatekeepers were challenged throughout the project to demonstrate the extent and effectiveness of their attempts to involve a much wider cross-section of employees and managers in analysis, diagnosis, planning and implementation.

The third element of support was delivered by Facilitators who maintained regular contact with each organisation, offering support, guidance and signposting to specialist resources.

The independent evaluation of the project undertaken by Nottingham Trent University demonstrated high levels of satisfaction from participating organisations, cost effectiveness in delivering tangible change and value added to company performance.

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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.

Latest News and Events

Organisations face unprecedented challenges in addressing complex social, economic and environmental policy demands within ever tighter financial constraints. Tackling these challenges can’t be done by senior teams alone: they need to harness the creativity, insights and engagement of the entire workforce. But that means challenging some deeply embedded practices . . . Our free Guide offers inspiration and solutions, helping you assess current practice in your organisation, suggesting pathways to change, and signposting further sources of information and support. DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE GUIDE (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/Your-Guide-to-Workplace-Innovation)..

"We’ve reached a tipping point in the future of jobs 2020. The digital skills gap is asking for the development of a growth mindset!" Presented at our event Industry 4.0, digitalisation and the people-centred workplace (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/announcements/industry-4-0-digitalisation-and-the-people-centred-workplace). Is your company ready for the future? Learn more about our programmes (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/LWIP), download our brochure (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/PDF/WIE-Leading-Workplace-Innovation.pdf) or contact us (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/contact-us) to find out more...

The event, Industry 4.0, digitalisation and the people-centred workplace, brought an amazing international group of companies and experts together to explore how successful organisations are engaging employees in digital transformation. The key takeaway was that technological innovation and innovation in work processes need to go hand in hand: “Digitalising a bad process doesn’t make it a better process.” Participants agreed that if companies allowed machines to be in control, it would result in expensive failure. But digital technologies can be designed and deployed to enhance operator information and decision making, creating optimal synergies with human skills and ingenuity. Event hosts Booth Welsh (https://boothwelsh.co.uk/), a leading provider of integrated engineering services, have been through a remarkable transformation themselves as part of our Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme (http://www.workplaceinnovatio..

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