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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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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Launching Fresh Thinking Labs at Saint-Gobain

06-Jul-2016


Invitation to Saint-Gobain with Fresh Thinking Labs

5th - 6th October 2016
Saint-Gobain FabLab, Bristol, UK
 


Launching Fresh Thinking Labs means an array of opportunities for the first wave of members to meet In Person and Online, build relationships, share experiences and create Communities. Fresh Thinking Labs partners are working on a 12 month programme of member-only Open Events hosted by companies across Europe.

You can learn more about Fresh Thinking Labs by watching our animation here.


Launching the Programme at Saint-Gobain

We're delighted to invite you to the launch of our Open Event programme, to be hosted by Fresh Thinking Lab Founder Member Saint-Gobain at its new Bristol FabLab on 5th-6th October. Saint-Gobain, an advanced manufacturing company, was founded in 1665 and employs over 200,000 people worldwide. The Bristol plant has built a powerful approach to self-managed teamworking and employee-driven innovation, supported by a senior management team highly committed both to sharing their experiences and to learning from other leading companies. Its FabLab, opened in 2016, exemplifies the company’s belief in releasing the creativity and knowledge of its entire workforce. Read the article by Tom Francis, Saint-Gobain's Business Manager.

Its experience of transformation raises important questions, for example:

How do you link employee driven innovation with customer focussed innovation?

How do you balance employee-driven innovation with the daily running of the business?

How can you make effective decisions, especially on a global scale, involving self-directed teams?

Saint-Gobain is keen to share its considerable achievements and to learn from the experiences of others in order to help take the next steps. This highly interactive event will include:

  • an immersive exploration of Saint-Gobain's philosophy and its approach to employee engagement and empowerment;
  • sharing experience and practice with Saint-Gobain’s senior team and staff as “critical friends”;
  • open forums to share issues and challenges identified by participants;
  • "Talking Circles" with experts including Professor John Bessant, a leading international expert on high involvement innovation., and Professor Peter Totterdill – international workplace innovation expert and Fresh Thinking Labs co-founder.

The event will also launch the In Person Lab on Employee-Driven Innovation, a programme of company-hosted meetings for a closed group of members.

Practical stuff

This is part of a programme of Open Events in locations across Europe and is only open to members of Fresh Thinking Labs.

Company Standard membership starts at £750 / €950 per annum and provides you with 2 Member Accounts. It includes one place at each Fresh Thinking Labs Open Event as well as access to our state of the art Online platform and learning resources;
Company Plus at £1800 / €2200 per annum provides you with 10 Member Accounts and gives you three places at each Fresh Thinking Labs Open Event as well as the benefits enjoyed by Company Standard Members;
Company Premier at £5000 / €7000 per annum enhances these benefits by offering up to 20 Member Accounts, five places at each Fresh Thinking Labs Open Event and free access to all In Person Labs. See www.freshthinkinglabs.com for further details.

The event begins with lunch at 12.30 on Wednesday 5th ending at 14.00 after lunch on Thursday 6th October 2016.

Accommodation and a Networking Dinner will be booked for delegates in a nearby hotel (cost £200).

Numbers are limited – click here to learn more about our membership options!



 


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