Innovative workshop will explain Industry 4.0 and the opportunities it creates for businesses The potential of digital technologies to remove routine work and automate the production of goods and services is to be discussed at an innovative workshop to be held in Irvine, Scotland, next month. Hosted by Booth Welsh, a leading provider of integrated engineering services, the workshop will focus on ‘digitisation and the people centre workplace’ and will bring together leading European experts with companies keen to share their experiences of their journey to Industry 4.0. The event is being facilitated by Workplace Innovation Europe Limited (WIE) who aim to draw on international experience to create an Industry 4.0 roadmap which will help to blend the power of digital technologies with an upskilled workforce driving continuous improvement and innovation. Speakers include senior representatives from GSK, Siemens and Decos (Netherlands) on the journey to In..
More than 60 Portuguese company representatives took part in an interactive workshop held in Porto where the experiences of two Scottish businesses were used to demonstrate the beneficial outcomes of workplace innovation and employee-led change. The workshop was facilitated by UK based Workplace Innovation Europe Limited who introduced Doug Johnston, General Manager at DS Smith’s Lockerbie operation and Dundee based David O’Byrne from animal pharmaceutical business, Argenta. Both companies have recently participated in Scottish Enterprise’s Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme (WIEP) (http://www.goodworkplaces.net/Workplace-Innovation-Engagement-Programme) which sought to help Scottish businesses introduce people centred change and action planning based on a novel combination of individual learning and development, peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experience, and on-site coaching and facilitation. The workshop marked the launched of a &..
“Leadership starts from the top, but it’s easy to forget that it has to start from the frontline too.” Creating a culture of innovation and improvement requires tenacity. It means challenging deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours, asking difficult questions, and being open to experiences from a diverse range of other organisations. Good things happen when we learn from each other. You begin to realise that you’re not alone, that different organisations are on the same journey, working towards comparable visions and tackling the same challenges on the way. And, above all, that there are different and sometimes complementary ways of reaching the same goal. Nowhere is this illustrated better than in the two days of discussion which took place when twenty-five participants from several European countries took part in Fresh Thinking Labs (http://www.freshthinkinglabs.com/)’ Engaging Everyone in Innovation event last week. Leo Pharma&rs..
Introducing Multi-Disciplinary Teamworking to Maternity Services The evidence has been around for a long time. Multi-Disciplinary Teamworking in healthcare leads to better clinical outcomes and experience for patients, and better quality of working life for staff. Yet it is far from universal. Multi-Disciplinary Teamworking challenges traditional professional roles and demarcations, and can be hard to achieve. While the general principles that characterise good clinical teams are well understood, their translation into specific clinical settings involves open dialogue, experimentation, learning from failure, and persistence. All of this must take place without any relaxation of day-to-day clinical pressures. This case study offers practitioners fresh insights into how Multi-Disciplinary Teamwork principles can be translated into practice. It is based on an eighteen month change programme led by Workplace Innovation in partnership with Southern Health and Social Care ..
A report published last week by the admirable European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is the latest to offer ‘Industry 4.0’ insights into the nature and potential of digital technologies for the future of work and the economy. Game changing technologies: Exploring the impact on production processes and work (http://www.workplaceinnovation.eu/PDF/Eurofound-Technology-Report.pdf) offers five case studies of emerging technologies and their anticipated impact. The return of production from developing to developed countries is often anticipated as one of the benefits to be gained from digital technologies. Reduced production costs resulting from investments in robotics and automation have made it possible for companies such as Welltec, a provider of well service solutions for oil and gas companies, to bring its production back to Denmark. Reshoring means that much of the cost and complexity of extended supply chains i..
Leadership, or lack of it, is a major cause for concern in organisations that are looking to improve performance through innovative work practices and employee engagement. Building an organisational culture in which everyone can contribute their full range of skills, knowledge, experience and creativity to the business is a lofty objective and one that is perceived as difficult to achieve with conventional approaches to management. For instance, the line manager level of control and decision-making is often the most significant obstacle to change and is a frequent cause of “innovation decay”. Research suggests that line managers often underperform in leadership and people management because of poor communication, insufficient prioritisation between competing demands on time, lack of appropriate skills and inadequate access to tools for staff engagement and change. Organisations that acknowledge this will often turn to leadership and management training, r..
Background Mental health problems are a huge issue affecting people and business. Statistics tell us (https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/News/mental-health-problems-at-work-cost-uk-economy-349bn-last-year-says-centre-for-mental-health) that 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental health problem at some time in their life with the result that 72 million working days are lost each year, at a cost of around £3.4.9bn to UK employers alone. In recent years, policy makers and businesses alike have been increasingly engaged in the area of mental health and well-being in the workplace. However, the approach towards dealing with it is not necessarily the same as that for promoting mental health and wellbeing. For far too long the focus has been on treatment of mental disorders, and not on prevention, promotion and well-being. Well-being at work is defined as individuals’ ability to work productively and creatively, to engage in strong and positive relationship..
Gabriella Eberhardt, HR Leader at GE Mining, shares her impressions after our London event 'Transforming Culture at GE Mining'. Interested to learn more? Fresh Thinking Labs is the international platform for company networking and workplace innovation, On Line and In Person: www.freshthinkinglabs.com (http://freshthinkinglabs.com) Please contact us for further information!..
This week’s launch of the Taylor Review Report on Modern Working Practices (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/good-work-the-taylor-review-of-modern-working-practices) is particularly welcome because it refocuses attention on the workplace, and the importance of workplace practices for economic inclusion and health as well as for productivity and competitiveness. The references to “ways of working that support task discretion and involve employees in securing business improvements” are especially pleasing, though given the existence of more than seven decades’ worth of research evidence showing the impact of such workplace practices on health and business performance alike, it will be disappointing if they are lost within Taylor’s vast agenda. As in many such inquiries, the Review sidesteps detailed policy recommendations. This represents a serious missed opportunity, particularly in helping the UK government to understand how it can help ..
‘Creating Fair and Innovative Workplaces – An Industrial Strategy Perspective from Scotland’ Scottish Enterprise hosts a joint event with Workplace Innovation Limited and The Work Foundation Scotland House, London: 20th June 2017 This policy-focused event identified the levers that make a difference in delivering inclusive growth and competitiveness. Senior representatives of UK government departments, companies and trade unions took advantage of an opportunity to hear about Scotland’s practical approach to supporting progressive people practices, and how it leads to enhanced productivity and the reduction of inequality. The workplace is facing unprecedented change as it faces the digital revolution as well as an increasingly volatile business environment. This event, chaired by Grahame Smith (General Secretary, STUC), focused on the future direction of workplace practice and policy. It aimed to stimulate fresh thinking and f..
In early 2016, Scotland’s Fair Work Convention set out its vision for the future of work which included a practical blueprint for Fair Work and a new type of dialogue between employers, employees and trade unions, public bodies and the Scottish Government. The aim was to support the Scottish Government's objectives of increasing sustainable economic growth and reducing inequality through the promotion of greater diversity, innovation and equality in the workplace. Rarely in the UK has the role of policy-makers in creating a vision of the workplaces of the future been so decisive and catalytic. The challenge was taken up by Scottish Enterprise, the country’s main economic development agency, who began to work with partners in the public and private sectors to identify and exploit the best opportunities to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Read more (http://www.goodworkplaces.net/scotland-the-brave) Interested to lea..
As part of its commitment to enhancing economic competitiveness and growth, Scottish Enterprise, the country’s main economic development agency, appointed Workplace Innovation Limited to deliver an innovative but practical Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme (WIEP) to participating businesses. The programme’s objective was to help businesses across a wide spectrum of sectors identify and critically assess existing workplace practices through a specialist diagnostic tool, and to support them in uncovering new ways of working to make the best use of talent across the entire workforce. It was important to deliver an approach that was relevant and practical for all types of organisation, all types of employer and all types of employee. Read more (http://www.goodworkplaces.net/Workplace-Innovation-Engagement-Programme) Interested to learn more? Fresh Thinking Labs is the international platform for company networking and workplace innovation, ..
Workplace Innovation Limited helps to build a very special relationship between Scotland and the Basque Country Workplace Innovation Limited has been supporting Scottish Enterprise and the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa in the Spanish Basque Country as each develops its own approach to promoting the uptake of workplace innovation by companies. We suggested that both organisations could benefit by exchanging ideas and experience with each other, and that this might open wider possibilities for collaboration between the two countries. Read more and watch our video (http://www.goodworkplaces.net/Scotland-and-the-Basque-Country ) Interested to learn more? Fresh Thinking Labs is the international platform for company networking and workplace innovation, On Line and In Person: www.freshthinkinglabs.com (http://freshthinkinglabs.com) Please contact us for further information!..
DS Smith is a European leading packaging company of customer-specific packaging, based in Lockerbie, Scotland. Operations Manager David Murdoch asked Peter and Rosemary from Workplace Innovation Europe, as part of the Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme, to help involve his staff in innovative ways to improve the business. A facilitated Mini-FabLab session, with front line staff representing each area across the workforce, was a new experience for DS Smith. The group rose to the challenge and modelled and then re-modelled the factory, deep in discussion and sharing experiences and creating solutions… using boxes and paper! They addressed production issues, suggested improvements for team work, and identified where quality improvements could be made. Some were quick wins and some quite radical changes. They presented the redesigned model to David who was very positive and receptive to their ideas, and will support the group to contin..
Gipuzkoa Workplace Innovation Series of Dialogues The Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa and Sinnergiak Social Innovation (UPV/EHU), within the Gipuzkoa Workplace Innovation action-research project, have organised a series of dialogues on workplace innovation. These meetings and dialogues are part of the Programme for the Promotion of businesses committed to People and the Territory, promoted by the Department for Economic Promotion, Rural Development and Regional Balance, and which will take place throughout the month of May in Donostia-San Sebastian. Workplace Innovation refers to the collaborative construction of change processes in the organisation and management practices of companies that simultaneously entail improvements to productivity and the quality of employment. For this reason, and in order to establish a forum for reflection and the exchange of experiences, the series of dialogues is organised around five topics; Participation; Legislation and the r..
How do you create creativity and invoke innovation in a business; not just among the leadership team or a specific department, but across the entire company? A company may use a range of formal or informal processes to nurture innovation; different approaches work for different businesses. Insider’s roundtable heard from a selection of businesses from various sectors about how they encouraged innovation. Techniques included regular one to one sessions, team meetings, competitions and job swapping. The panel heard that employees have a big role to play in creating new ideas, no matter how old they were or how long they had been with the business. L to R: Rosemary Exton, Katie Smith, Ian Grffin (Insider Editor), David Willetts, Ian Lockwood Hardev Hughes, James Calder, David Fenton, Rachel McCann, Peter Totterdill You can read participants' key thoughts and view more photos from the event here (http://www.insidermedia.com/digital-events/nurturing-an-innova..
A Nottingham based HR Consultant has successfully completed Level 5 ILM Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring after Harry Gilfillan (http://www.goodworkplaces.net/Meet-the-Team-Harry-Gilfillan) of Workplace Innovation Limited devised a bespoke teaching programme to suit her professional circumstances. Jo Birznieks is a highly respected HR Consultant at JAK HR Associates Ltd with extensive HR and people management experience across both the public and private sectors. Her busy work schedule meant that she was looking for a provider who would be flexible as she didn’t want to have to join a course with set dates and times and found the course provided by Workplace Innovation on the ILM website. Consultant Trainer, Harry Gilfillan said: “Because of the nature of her work Jo couldn’t commit to the rigid approach of a public programme and it was important for her to work with a provider that was focussed on her needs. We met and agreed a way where she could..
Supporting active ageing through workplace innovation practices The increasing age of the working population is creating unprecedented challenges for organizations and governments. Coupled with economic and demographic changes, these challenges call for effective and efficient ways to manage an increasingly older workforce. So far, policy on developing sustainable work and retaining an increasingly ageing workforce has focused on raising the retirement age and reducing retirement benefits. Although such measures can make an impact, they ignore the nature of work. The importance of the workplace for supporting sustainable and productive work for UK businesses as a whole and the ageing workforce has been neglected. The ageing workforce may also present opportunities for policy makers and employers. The Fuller Working Lives: A Framework for Action document outlines “the benefits to individuals, business and the economy as a whole of people aged over 50 staying in w..
By 2030 the number of people aged 55 or over in high-income countries will grow to 500 million. The benefits to individuals, businesses and the economy of retaining older, experienced people in work are increasingly evident, becoming a key concern for EU and national policymakers as well as many employers. Until now policymakers have sought to retain older people in employment by raising the retirement age and, in some countries, by legislating against age discrimination in the workplace. At the same time, many employers and pension funds have reduced retirement benefits, especially during the recession. Such measures have made an impact but they also ignore the nature of work itself. Experience shows that forcing older people to remain in unsatisfying jobs, or to remain in jobs that they are no longer able to perform, is not the best solution for anyone involved. Workage is a three year EU-funded project led by Nottingham Trent University and Workplace Innovation ..
Fresh Thinking Labs 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 (https://vimeo.com/171221558). 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-ma..
Staying Connected in Europe In common with many other people and organisations, the referendum result has forced us to think hard about the future and about our own values and identity. It has raised profound questions about the future of the UK’s economy, society and constitution. Yet, as we often argued, the debate largely sidestepped vital issues such as the way in which migration policy will inevitably be shaped by the UK’s ageing workforce and low productivity. Companies in the UK and beyond have told us that they want an open Europe in which they can exchange good practices and learn and innovate together, unconstrained by national borders. Europe is an amazing learning resource, full of innovative companies keen to share experiences with each other. Our strength and passion has always been to help this to happen. UK WON, and its sister company Workplace Innovation Limited, have their origins in some thirty years of EU-funded projects and p..
The Annual Public Sector Innovation and Performance Management Conference, an international conference focusing on innovation in the public sector and the link between management and performance, offered expert insight into re-evaluating performance strategies, how to incorporate innovation into existing systems and structures, benchmarking success and cultivating excellence by strengthening ownership and leadership. The conference was facilitated by Nottingham based Professor Peter Totterdill, the CEO of the UK Workplace Organisation Network and an acknowledged thought leader and advocate of creating workplaces which combine high performance with a high quality of working life. Peter Totterdill said: “Public sector organisations that were fit for the 20th Century are unlikely to be fit for the 21st unless they embrace far-reaching change. Leaders and managers have to respond to an increasingly volatile environment in which innovation is a necessity. Yet..
An influential roundtable discussion took place at the London headquarters of Acas in May to discuss the impact of workplace innovation policies and programmes on the health, engagement and retirement decisions of older workers. Government representatives from Germany, Belgium, Finland, France, Scotland and the Basque country took part in the two-day conference. The event, organised by the UK Workplace Organisation Network (UK WON) is part of an on-going EU-funded Workage project (http://www.workage.eu/) led by Nottingham Trent University which is looking at the impact of workplace innovation on the engagement and well-being of older workers and their decisions concerning retirement delay. UK WON Chief Executive, Professor Peter Totterdill, said: “Workplace innovation is increasingly recognised by the European Commission and by several national and regional governments in Europe as an important vehicle for the achievement of policy goals includ..
The debate examining how ‘good work’ helps to achieve high performing and resilient organisations, as well as enhancing the health and wellbeing of workers at every level, is maturing as more leaders and managers begin to understand the issues they face. The concept of employee mental health and well-being is evolving rapidly. Good employers are already helping managers to identify the symptoms of mental ill-health and stress, and providing individuals with the support they need. The challenge however is to identify the ways in which workplace practices and cultures either contribute to positive mental health or undermine it. For many organisations this raises some pretty fundamental questions about how they organise work. Participants at UK WON’s Symposium Bringing wellbeing, mental health and productivity together in the workplace of the future, hosted by E.ON at its new Nottingham offices in October 2015, shared a variety of experiences on how..
On 22nd June 2015 UK WON launched its film and report on Nottingham’s creative ecology, produced as part of the EU’s CINet initiative to recognise the value of creative businesses and the considerable contribution they make to the economy. The film and report celebrate the dynamism of the sector, its sense of community, and the support that is available to creative businesses and start-ups. CINet also involves creative clusters in Athens, Barcelona and Cascais (Portugal). The initiative follows survey responses received by UK WON from 39 local creative businesses. It uses film to record the experiences of four entrepreneurs including the challenges they faced when starting out, the opportunities that exist for those hoping to establish their own businesses and the advice they can offer to others. READ the full story, DOWNLOAD our reports and WATCH our newest film "Angie Steps Out" here: http://www.goodworkplaces.net/CI-Net..
In this week’s Bank of England Inflation Forecast1 (#1) Governor Mark Carney bemoaned the “weakness” in UK productivity2 (#2). It seems as though the Bank is at something of a loss to explain the gap. Here are three key facts that might help Mr Carney: 1. Companies which systematically involve their employees in decision-making and empower them in their day-to-day work achieve higher levels of productivity A review of some sixty US articles shows that workplace innovation has a substantial effect on efficiency, with performance premiums ranging between 15 and 30 percent3 (#3). Extensive Swedish surveys found a very clear link between participative ways of working and productivity, with improvements of between 20 - 60%4 (#4). A Dutch study in 2009 showed that smaller firms with participative working practices increased their rate of productivity at nearly three time the rate of those without. Bringing the evidence up to date, the 2013 European Comp..
Great organisations understand that a continual stream of ideas is a vital resource for improvement and innovation. Creativity is an everyday behaviour, with employees actively encouraged to contribute ways of improving the organisation through new products and business streams or better ways of working. Listen to Peter Totterdill, Researcher, Consultant and Policy Advocate for workplace innovation and Chief Executive of The UK Work Organisation Network, talk about Employee Driven Innovation: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/engage-for-success/2015/05/11/show-112-creativity-and-innovation-through-staff-engagement-1..
The Met office (http://www.ukwon.net/Met-Office) is to host the UK's first Creative Workspace meeting to help businesses understand how they can improve productivity by creating more inspiring workplaces. The Creative Workspace Group (http://www.ukwon.net/creative-workplace-group-home-page) is facilitated by UK WON, the leading workplace innovation network, and in addition to the Met Office, includes drinks company Innocent, award-winning architects Grimshaw, software developers Red Gate, and business process outsourcing multinational Capita plc. UK WON (http://www.ukwon.net/) is a not-for-profit organisation whose stakeholders include major employers' organisations, trade unions, policymakers, professional bodies and universities committed to disseminating workplace innovation. Read the article here (http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Met-Office-host-UK-s-Creative-Workspace/story-26458333-detail/story.html)...
Involving employees at all levels in day-to-day decision-making and giving them more control over their working practices leads to win-win outcomes for both performance and health and well-being, says Professor Peter Totterdill, chief executive of the UK Work Organisation Network (UK WON). Read the article: http://flexibleboss.com/2015/05/11/the-fifth-element/..
Thanks to Emerald for publishing our collection of articles on workplace innovation for practitioners. See http://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/sd/30/9 EmeraldInsight emeraldinsight.com..
Workplace drama is the key to improving organisational performance One of the largest housing groups in the UK is introducing an innovative way of improving performance and customer care by developing its 200 strong management team. Orbit Housing, part of the Orbit Group, has appointed Workplace Innovation Limited to deliver a series of theatre based seminars focussing on effective team leadership and staff involvement. Forum Theatre, where actors perform a series of workplace scenarios and the audience offers solutions after discussing what has happened, is a proven technique in improving workplace performance and relationships. Robin Reece-Crawford of Workplace Innovation, said: “This kind of theatre started in order to give a voice to frontline staff and that’s precisely why it’s so successful – because people can see themselves, their colleagues or a situation they have experienced, happening right in front of them. “For..
Launching UK WON’s latest short film and case study prepared for EUWIN. Read more and watch film. (http://uk.ukwon.eu/inet_Logistics)..
It was a real privilege to represent EUWIN as keynote speaker at the participative workplace conference organised by the Gipuzkao provincial government in the Basque Country says Peter Totterdill. A highly engaged audience of 100+ people from enterprises, trade unions, employers' organisations, universities and public agencies, all committed to creating more productive and better places to work - a real social movement! See the full programme and presentations here (http://www.gipuzkoapartaidetza.net/en/difusion-y-valoracion3/-/asset_publisher/HwcH7RIDvdbI/content/un-paso-mas-en-el-compromiso-por-la-participacion-en-gipuzkoa). ..
A great event which shows that workplace innovation is as relevant in the South and East of Europe as it is in the North It is really worth reading Rosemary's report of the conference see http://portal.ukwon.eu/Eastern_Approaches. Steven Dhondt's Thinkpiece (http://portal.ukwon.eu/Thinkpiece) reinforces the message. ..
Peter Totterdill presented the keynote speech at the Danish Association of Senior Hospital Physicians’ Copenhagen Conference. The theme is "Participative Governance" reflecting the major study Peter and his colleagues undertook in the Irish hospital sector and which establishes a clear link between staff involvement, service quality and patient outcomes. You can download the report here...
Workplace Innovation Limited, UK WON’s partner company, is launching its ILM accredited Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management, and Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. Read More (http://www.ukwon.net/ilm_level_5_coaching)..
At Innocent, innovation is an everyday behaviour with employees actively encouraged to suggest ways to improve the business, whether it be new products and business streams or better ways of working. An interactive workshop was held on 18th June 2014 which explored the role that leadership, engagement, sustainability and social responsibility play in Innocent’s highly creative culture. Participants experienced the unique working style and culture at Fruit Towers, meeting members of the Innocent team, sharing ideas with each other on what makes and nurtures a truly innovative organisation, and discovering practical ways of engaging employees. This event was part of UK WON’s free programme of events designed to share good practice in the workplace. The Workshop was held in conjunction with EUWIN, the European Workplace Innovation Network established by the European Commission (http://uk.ukwon.eu/euwin-resources-new). You can see UK WON’s short f..
Speedo International President gives inspirational talk and forum theatre enlivens transforming leadership seminar Attended by more than 30 senior management and HR professionals from all over the East Midlands and beyond, the ‘Transforming Leadership’ seminar held on January 16th introduced Forum Theatre (http://ukwon01.businesscatalyst.com/interactive-theatre) where professional actors are used to engage participants in workplace innovation and conflict resolution dilemmas. UK WON’s chief executive Peter Totterdill said: “Our seminar was hugely enhanced by what David Robinson had to say about his journey and the process of change at Speedo. He outlined how Speedo has recruited and developed the right talent, constantly communicated a simple business strategy and started a process of devolving leadership and decision-making to every level of the organization.” David Robinson added: “It was a very interesting and stimulating..
Events in London on the 2nd and 3rd December 2013 provided more than just a great couple of days for those taking part in the Conference and Masterclass: they also brought together a valuable collection of resources for those leading workplace innovation in enterprises. (Click heading to find out more). Go to EUWIN's London Conference Page (http://portal.ukwon.eu/london-conference-page) to see videos of the event and download the presentations slides and other materials...