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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Business Masterclasses will help future-proofing the Scottish economy


Scottish Enterprise 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), 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.


Workplace innovation brings together an organisation’s people, processes and business relationships to develop new and fair ways of working that benefit everyone.

The workplace innovation masterclass series is aimed at key decision makers within Scotland’s ambitious growth businesses and will help you to develop a range of progressive people practices.

The series of events will introduce different principles behind the concept of workplace innovation and will explore its practical application and potential to deliver positive business benefits.

What they said following our Scottish Enterprise Masterclass held in Glasgow:

“A very inspiring and energizing event, thank you!” (Leanne McAllister, AutoRek)
“Really inspiring to see how positive the speakers were and what differences innovation can bring to every sector.” (Alison Kerr, Sartorius)
“Valuable practical insight into translating strategy into action.” (Louise Stevenson, Booth Welsh)
“These forums, where ideas and experiences can be shared in a collaborative environment, are so useful to debunk fears of feeling like your own ideas are just coming from an echo chamber.” (Anon)

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Next Masterclass

Workplace Innovation Masterclass: People Leading Change

Date: May 21
Time: 09:30 – 13:00
Location: Edinburgh Training & Conference Venue

Organisational change is becoming a permanent feature of working life as competitive pressures demand the continuous reinvention and improvement of products, services and processes. Yet according to several studies, the majority of change initiatives fail to achieve their promise because they don¹t secure the active participation of employees and other key stakeholders. This Masterclass will demonstrate how successful change can be inspired from the top whilst unleashing the ideas and experience of the entire workforce, combining the strategic insights of senior teams with the tacit knowledge of empowered employees at all levels.

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Further Masterclasses

Workplace Innovation Masterclass: Employee-Driven Innovation & Improvement

Date: August 27
Location: Aberdeen

A new understanding of innovation is emerging, one in which the creation of new products, services and processes runs through the culture of the entire organisation and is no longer the sole preserve of experts and entrepreneurs. This Masterclass will show how innovative companies across Europe are harnessing the creativity and initiative of employees at every level with remarkable results for competitiveness and performance.

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Workplace Innovation Masterclass: Industry 4.0, Digitalisation and Future Work

Date: November 27
Location: Stirling

Digital technologies offer vast potential for improving efficiency and transforming the production of goods and services. We also know that these gains are only fully realised when technological innovation and workplace innovation are considered together. Drawing on international evidence, experiences and good practice, the Masterclass will explore a roadmap showing how leading companies are achieving the best possible synergies between digital potential and human potential as well as the best possible returns on investment.

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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.

The Masterclass programme is designed to meet a key objective of Scottish Enterprise’s Workplace Innovation Service, that of increasing awareness and understanding within the business community of how business performance and employee working life are enhanced through the adoption of Fair Work principles and workplace innovation practices including values-based leadership, contributing significantly to the goals of the Scottish Government’s Inclusive Growth strategy.

The Masterclasses will be delivered at venues throughout Scotland and will examine why and how workplace innovation is driving business growth by releasing talent in the knowledge economy. They will focus on people-centred change and how to meaningfully engage employees in innovation, sustainable improvement and cultural change at work.

Peter Totterdill (Director of WIE)

We bring a unique body of fresh thinking, evidence-based approaches and innovative resources to the Masterclasses through our work with diverse enterprises and other stakeholders in Scotland, across the rest of Europe, and beyond.

Masterclasses are a valuable means of raising awareness and stimulating action, but the challenge is that of maintaining momentum and commitment after the event. To this end we have already recruited a number of workplace innovation ambassadors from the Scottish business community who are willing to share their experience of change at the Masterclasses and they will line up with a panel of acknowledged workplace innovation experts from across Europe.

Rosemary Exton (WIE Co-director)


 

Our free Guide to Workplace Innovation offers inspiration and solutions, helping you assess current practice in your organisation, suggesting pathways to change, and signposting further sources of information and support.

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The Workplace Innovation Diagnostic ® is a unique, on-line employee survey tool, solidly based in research evidence and practical experience, and designed to assess a broad spectrum of workplace practices using evidence-based indicators.

Find out more and try our short version here.


Our unique distance learning and in person programmes accredit key people in your organisation as Workplace Innovation Practitioners, giving them the knowledge, competencies and resources they need to achieve successful and sustainable outcomes with the option of practical in-company facilitation and support. Participants also gain the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management.

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Scottish Enterprise has announced the continuation of its nation-wide programme of workplace innovation and awarded Workplace Innovation Europe Limited (WIE) the contract to conduct the next 12 Masterclasses over a three year programme.

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Leadership for High Performing Organisations. A unique combination of leadership development and organisational change.
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21st
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Workplace Innovation Masterclass: People Leading Change. This Masterclass will demonstrate how successful change can be inspired from the top whilst unleashing the ideas and experience of the entire workforce. Register now.


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