Workplace Innovation helps improve performance and working lives by releasing the full range of talent, knowledge and creativity from employees at every level.

Organisational Health Check

A springboard to innovation


Our Health Checks are not about us telling you what is wrong or right with your organisation. They are about your people telling us what is wrong or right, what can be done better, what works really well and what doesn’t.

An Organisational Health Check acts as a springboard with the potential to release innovative behaviour, improve performance, enhance employee well-being and stimulate growth.

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Insight



We know the importance of listening to employees at every level in order to understand what is working and what needs to be improved.

Our reports based on employees’ own accounts of experiences at work provide boards and senior management teams with a powerful stimulus for change, and help to define priorities for action.

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Facilitating Change and Innovation

Breaking down walls and ceilings


Workplace Innovation is at the heart of performance, growth and employee well-being. Many see it but don’t know how to implement it.

We help organizations review improvement and innovation practices by breaking down walls and ceilings and creating dialogue across hierarchies and functions so that the better argument always wins.

Workplace Innovation’s facilitators work closely with leaders, managers and employees at every level, understanding their aspirations and strengths as well as what holds them back. We seek solutions co-created by all of the main stakeholders in an issue to ensure buy-in and to minimise resistance to change.


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Working with Boards and Senior Teams

Horizon-scanning, thought leadership and rehearsing the future


What will your business look like in 2024 and what will your role be in leading it?

Seeing the world in a different way should be on the job description of Directors. Change is happening and it can’t be controlled but it can be anticipated.

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Developing Emerging Leaders

From transactional to transformational


The demands of leadership are changing. At a time of significant challenge and opportunity, leaders and managers must drive improvement and innovation while motivation and energising employees. Emerging leaders must migrate from purely transactional management to proactive, transformational behaviour while current leaders must address the question of succession.

But where are the next leaders coming from and what skills and competences will they actually need?

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Interactive Theatre

Using drama to provoke thought and motivate change

Interactive theatre in the workplace is a real eye-opener. It helps to unlock employee engagement and creativity, one of the key challenges in securing successful organisational change, improving performance and enhancing working life – but it does it very differently.

You’ll see your organisations in a completely different and thought-provoking light.

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Presentations, Facilitation and Masterclasses

Stimulating, informing and resourcing innovation and change


Expert facilitation, engaging presentations, creative thinking and interactive theatre are just some of the ways we enhance and enliven conferences, time-out sessions, in-house training and team development workshops.

We can also deliver masterclasses and provide internationally recognised expert speakers covering all aspects of people centres change, employee engagement, high involvement innovation and leadership development.

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Transformational Coaching

Achieving a new culture


We know how to coach – we do it for a living. However, we are also on a mission to help managers and leaders become inspired coaches in their own right and to introduce a coaching culture to their organisations that will achieve sustainable benefits.

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Networking and Knowledge Sharing

Remember, you are not alone


Networking, knowledge sharing, the pooling of ideas and intellectual capital are the dynamics that underpin a sustainable movement of workplace innovation and provide all organisations looking to change and to challenge the future with access to the choices open to them and the experiences of others.

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Flexible ILM Leadership & Coaching Courses 

In-house and Distance Learning


Flexibility in learning is becoming increasingly important in employee development. We are experiencing a significant increase in clients needing a more flexible approach to the delivery of our ILM programmes.

Releasing staff to attend off-site public courses can cause problems for organisations, despite the obvious benefits of individuals from different backgrounds and industries sharing their experiences as they learn together. It is not always convenient for managers to block out days in their diary to attend sessions off-site, on dates that tend to be inflexible.

We recognise this and in addition to our public courses we are able to offer a range of flexible options to make it easier for organisations and individuals to access our ILM Leadership, Management and Coaching programme.

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Workplace Innovation and Fresh Thinking Labs Newsletter Archive



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2018


Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - July 2018 - week two

In this issue:

  • People and Innovation
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - July 2018 - week one

In this issue:

  • Nineteen companies on a common journey
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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2018


Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - June 2018 - week three

In this issue:

  • Why your engagement survey leaves you without a clear direction
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - June 2018 - week two

In this issue:

  • Co-Created Leadership and Employee Voice
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - June 2018 - week one

In this issue:

  • Thursday is the new Wednesday!
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - May 2018 - week five

In this issue:

  • Investing in technology means investing in people and organisations
  • Industry 4.0, digitalisation and the people-centred workplace
  • You can make a real difference to performance and engagement
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - May 2018 - week four

In this issue:

  • Thursday is the new Wednesday!
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - May 2018 - week three

In this issue:

  • Teamworking, transformation and Cornerstone
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - May 2018 - week two

In this issue:

  • You can make a real difference to performance and engagement
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - May 2018 - week one

In this issue:

  • Stop re-inventing the wheel and start learning from your peers
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - April 2018 - week four

In this issue:

  • Getting results from leadership development
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - April 2018 - week three

In this issue:

  • How can we combine the potential of digital technologies with human potential?
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - April 2018 - week two

In this issue:

  • How do you create a truly dynamic culture of innovation?
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - April 2018 - week one

In this issue:

  • Fresh ideas, good practices and proven tools to share with you!
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - March 2018 - week four

In this issue:

  • Engaging Everyone in Innovation and Improvement
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - March 2018 - week three

In this issue:

  • DS Smith, Lockerbie, Scotland: Transforming behaviours and transforming profits
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - March 2018 - week two

In this issue:

  • Rosemary’s journey from the NHS to Workplace Innovation
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - March 2018 - week one

In this issue:

  • Achieving high performance, employee health and engagement
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - February 2018 - week four

In this issue:

  • Fresh thinking and organisational change – you are not alone!
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - February 2018 - week three

In this issue:

  • Transforming Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - February 2018 - week two

In this issue:

  • Transforming productivity and well-being
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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Workplace Innovation Wednesdays - February 2018 - week one

In this issue:

  • How to create a culture of innovation in your workplace
  • Fresh Thinking Labs Events

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2017


Productivity, Innovation, Mental Health and Industry 4.0

In this issue:

  • Productivity, Innovation, Mental Health and Industry 4.0
  • Industry 4.0

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Sharing experiences with great Scottish companies

In this issue:

  • Helping Scotland’s Businesses enhance Productivity and Innovation
  • Learning from each other and sharing experiences with great Scottish companies
  • Unleashing workforce ideas at Liberty Steel
  • Inclusive and devolved decision making at DS Smith
  • Good Work and Mental Well-Being
  • Workplace Innovation facilitates an in-company Mini-FabLab session at DS Smith
  • Sir Peter Housden: Failing Better - Workplace innovation and improvement in public services in Scotland
  • New Eurofound Report: Innovative changes in European Companies

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2016


UK WON and Workplace Innovation July 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Staying Connected in Europe: We're still European
  • Saint-Gobain invites you to Fresh Thinking Lab launch
  • Making it Personal: Saint-Gobain’s learning journey
  • Challenging Times: Developing Workplaces for Sustainable Work and Retaining an Ageing Workforce

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation June 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Fresh Thinking Labs: Launching Summer 2016
  • Workplace Innovation is picking up speed
  • Change is inevitable: do you adapt to it or do you lead it?

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2015


UK WON and Workplace Innovation October 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Changing how we create well-being at work: a reflective essay by Neil Devons
  • Leadership for change in the real world: Leading to an ILM Accredited Leadership and Management qualification at Levels 3, 5 or 7

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation August 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • The Essential Fifth Element, a free of charge Masterclass: Your invitation to change your workplace and organisation for good
  • The workplace of the future: UK WON’s latest Symposium
  • Effective, empowering and flat: Is hierarchy an obstacle to success?

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation July 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • The workplace of the future: UK WON’s latest Symposium
  • Met Office creates critical friends: Another successful Creative Workplace Group meeting
  • Making the invisible workplace visible - The UK: making history or repeating history?
  • Exclusive Masterclasses: The Essential Fifth Element

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation June 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Bringing wellbeing, mental health and productivity together: The workplace of the future
  • A short course in transformation: How can a three-day course transform workplace culture and build effective teamworking?
  • Proekspert: A story of workplace happiness

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation June 2015 Special Issue - Nottingham’s creative industry

In this issue:

  • Nottingham’s creative industry cluster connects with Athens, Barcelona and Cascais

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation June 2015 Special Issue - Flexible Boss Magazine

In this issue:

  • Workplace Innovation's Interactive Theatre in Flexible Boss Magazine
    Unlocking employee creativity and improving working life

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation May 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Sharing great ways of building great workplaces
  • Capita and Start-Rite join Creative Workplace Network
  • Creating the workplace of the future: Bringing health, wellbeing and productivity together
  • ‘The Fifth Element’ in Flexible Boss magazine
  • Creativity and Innovation Through Staff Engagement A radio interview with Peter Totterdill

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation April 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Lean Management at Bosch Thermotechnik
  • Creating the workplace of the future: Bringing health, wellbeing and productivity together
  • Still time to join The Creative Workplace Group: A great opportunity to learn from the innovators
  • Employee Driven Innovation: A new resource for enterprising companies

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation March II 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Solving Problems: Our Flexible ILM Leadership & Coaching Courses
  • Red Gate Software joins the Creative Workplace Group
  • Workplace change: how to succeed
  • And Have You Seen Our New Website Yet? Bringing Knowledge and Practice Together

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation March I 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Why do workplace interventions fail?
  • Capita joins the Creative Workplace Group - UK WON’s new knowledge-sharing network takes off
  • In-House and Distance Learning for Leaders - Flexible ILM Leadership & Coaching Courses

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation February 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • “With every pair of hands, I get a free brain” - An interview with Professor John Bessant by Professor Peter Totterdill
  • The Creative Workplace Group: A great opportunity to learn from the innovators
  • Flexible ILM Leadership & Coaching Courses: In-house and Distance Learning
  • Work Smarter! European experts explain the what, why and how of workplace innovation
  • And Have You Seen Our New Website Yet? Bringing Knowledge and Practice Together

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UK WON and Workplace Innovation January 2015 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • How to Create Highly Productive and Great Places to Work
  • Work Smarter! European experts explain the what, why and how of workplace innovation
  • And Have You Seen Our New Website Yet? Bringing Knowledge and Practice Together

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2014


UK WON and Workplace Innovation December 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Our New Website: Bringing Knowledge and Practice Together
  • Orbit Group’s Dramatic Performance
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation in The Met Office
  • The Creative Workplace Group: A great opportunity to learn from the innovators
  • So how can organisations become highly productive and great places to work? 

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Latest News and Events

Latest workshops provide a fasttrack to leadership development Described by one participant as “a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the current landscape of your organisation and develop ideas to drive innovation”, our recent Exeter workshop created such a great buzz that we’ve decided to repeat it – this time in Glasgow and Bristol. The Exeter event attracted companies as varied as including Johnson & Johnson (https://www.jnj.com/), Delt Services (https://deltservices.com/), MBDA (https://www.mbda-systems.com/), Futures Housing Group (https://futureshg.co.uk/), M-EC (https://www.m-ec.co.uk/) and Lightfoot, (https://www.lightfoot.co.uk/) and we’re expecting even greater diversity at our next events. Several participants in the Exeter workshop used the event to kickstart their journey towards an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management combined with accreditation as Workplace Innovation Practitioners. Join us in Glas..

As a member of the 2019/20 Fresh Thinking Labs programme, you’ll visit some of Europe’s most innovative companies and meet highly experienced change leaders. Giant companies such as Scania (https://www.scania.com/uk/en/home.html) and SMEs such as Dutch special needs cycle manufacturer Van Raam (https://www.vanraam.com/en-gb) share a commitment to employee empowerment and a culture of innovation – and they’re willing to share their experiences. And you can even opt to use the programme to support your journey to an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management – your learning and reflections from the visits are part of the assessment. We’ve designed an exciting programme offering you the opportunity to learn from practitioners and thought leaders from several countries. Each visit addresses key workplace practices associated with high performance and great places to work, enabling you to share experiences and practical advice wit..

Recently we enjoyed some delightful and stimulating 'walk and talk' sessions with Edwin Van Vlieberghe (https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwin-van-vlierberghe-45139374/?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_pulse_read%3B81w6IgVyQa2d1W9IQ4fwkQ%3D%3D), until recently a Global Vice-President at Bombardier Transportation (https://www.bombardier.com/en/transportation.html). Standing in the middle of Grimspound (https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/grimspound/), a spectacular Bronze Age settlement on Dartmoor, Edwin pointed out that the unique effectiveness of #workplaceinnovation as a means of enhancing business performance and working lives lies in its insistence on leaders changing themselves as well as their organisations. He went on to share some inspiring experiences from his working life in the rail and automotive industries - and we look forward to hearing more from Edwin when we facilitate Scottish Enterprise's Workplace Innovation Masterclass (http://freshthinkingla..

Former Met Office consultant joins Exeter leadership workshop A diverse group of businesses and not-for-profit organisations from around the UK are gathering in Exeter next month to participate in an innovative leadership workshop programme aimed at providing leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence that enable them to build high performing organisations by fully engaging their people. Led by Workplace Innovation Europe CLG (WIE), participants include Plymouth based shared services company, Delt Services (https://deltservices.com/), Exeter based Lightfoot (https://www.lightfoot.co.uk/), an award-winning, highly innovative vehicle improvement technology business, Midlands-based construction engineering specialists M-EC (https://www.m-ec.co.uk/), and Macmillan Cancer Support (https://www.macmillan.org.uk/). Futures Housing Group (https://futureshg.co.uk/) which manages over 9000 properties in the Midlands, and Stevenage based defence manufacturer MBDA (h..