Statistics consistently demonstrate that employee-owned businesses
outperform their counterparts in terms of higher profitability,
increased productivity brought about by higher levels of employee
engagement and wellbeing, and greater resilience during times of
recession. With an ownership stake in the business and an influence on
governance, employees are more focused on the achievement of strategic
goals, more likely to engage in improvement and innovation, and more
receptive to positive change in the workplace. In short, employee
ownership provides a powerful lever for workplace innovation, helping
every type of company to achieve high performance and become an employer
During this interactive Webinar, you will be able to:
learn about different employee ownership options available and how they work in practice;
hear from Gripple, a highly successful manufacturing company committed to employee share ownership since 1994;
explore the world-famous Mondragon co-operative system and how it promotes workplace innovation.
Hear from experts and an international business leader who has inspired and informed real change. Gain practical guidance and insights. Share your experiences with other companies.
often read that the vast majority of smart phone users only use a
fraction of the device’s capability making it an expensive investment if
the potential of its functionality is not exploited.
The same is true of
many businesses who have a wonderful resource in knowledgeable and
highly capable staff but fail to provide the workplace environment or
the employee voice that taps into this potential and so miss out on the
huge benefits that can be derived – enhanced performance, increased
productivity, improved motivation and greater employee well-being.
“People aren’t going to wake up on a Monday morning and think: ‘great, there’ll be a bowl of fruit when I get to work!’”
Motivation is not just the results of tangible workplace benefits. As the MD of an Aberdeen-based engineering company told us:
It is more about
awakening creativity and engendering the idea that employees can make a
contribution, will be listened to and good ideas acted upon.
In the face of the
huge economic, social and emotional challenges we are now undergoing,
businesses must realise that senior teams cannot achieve sustainable
change alone without the impetus of harnessing the creativity, insights
and engagement of the entire workforce. But that means challenging some
deeply embedded practices.
Booth Welsh and Workplace Innovation Europe will jointly lead The Digital Advantage Innovation Consortium, an innovative programme beginning April 2020, which will bring up to twelve companies together on a shared journey towards digital advantage.
The programme will provide individual participants with digital change leadership skills, with the option of an internationally recognised Institute for Leadership & Management (ILM) qualification. Their companies gain structured support to build digital and organisational readiness for technological change, drawing on evidence-based practices and exemplary cases from across Europe.
How can you drive business growth by unleashing and developing the full potential of your entire workforce?
Workplace Innovation in collaboration with Acas invites senior and emerging leaders, middle managers, members of change teams and employee representatives in organisations from all sectors to this free workshop.
Venue: Acas East Midlands – Date: 16th April 2020 – Time: 09:00 – 14:00
Discover how a growing number of successful companies throughout Europe are building cultures of innovation that use and develop the knowledge, skills and experience of employees at every level to boost business performance – and how this helps them become employers of choice.
A large and growing body of research suggests that organisations adopting workplace innovation practices systematically achieve 20-60% performance gains across a wide range of indicators including productivity, product and service innovation, customer satisfaction, employee engagement and well-being, compared with companies retaining traditional ways of working.
How are leading companies preparing
for the challenges and opportunities of a world where innovation is
vital for survival and success? And how will they build world-class
workforces equipped with the skills and resilience required for the
This exciting event begins with a visit to Scania’s Smart Factory Lab,
part of the company’s new focus on adapting, assessing and
demonstrating technologies that will increase Scania’s productivity as
well as improve product quality and worker health.
The Lab works with ideas for virtual and augmented reality, human
robot collaboration and advanced analytics, generated from and applied
throughout the company including its assembly, machining, maintenance
and logistics functions.
A full return on digital investment is achieved when technological
innovation and workplace innovation are considered together. In this
interactive masterclass we’ll explore international experiences and good
practice, helping you define a roadmap towards the digital future. The
event brings together the latest thinking and research from the UK and
the rest of Europe, the expertise of digital specialists from Scotland
and Finland, and company experiences of people-centred approaches to
Learn from leading European experts
Gain inspiration and practical insights from a transformative business leader
Share experiences with other Scottish companies
Assess current practices in your own company
Get advice from our experts
Explore the support and opportunities available from our workplace innovation specialists
Megan Butler a senior research advisor at the CIPD and former in-house AI in HR specialist at CogntionX, an AI specialist research house
Futurice co-founder,Hanno Nevanlinna is an innovator by heart who designs everything from sustainable digital services to furniture and better work life practices
Martin Welsh, managing director of engineering services technology company Booth Welsh, is a firm believer that embracing Industry 4.0 is as much to do with human interaction, as it is to do with technology
Dorte Zacho Martinsen,CEO of family-owned BM Silo, a Danish SME producing agricultural products
Are you wondering on how to create high performance and make your business a great place to work? If so, come and join us for this fantastic event!
This lunchtime session offers a unique opportunity to discover how a growing number of companies are transforming their working practices and cultures in ways that lead to real improvements in business performance, innovation, employee engagement and well-being.
Workplace innovation is a term increasingly used across Europe to describe the introduction of evidence-based workplace practices that enable people at every level to use and develop their full range of skills, knowledge, experience and creativity. It helps organisations and their employees improve organisational performance and working lives.The approach is of equal importance to all types of organisation, be they large or small, in manufacturing or services, or in public administrations.
Participants at the session will gain practical insights and actionable ideas drawn from a vast body of research and experience.
Work and workplaces are crucial to creating sustainable innovation and growth. Inclusive and engaging workplaces provide staff with good quality jobs that utilise their skills and develop their talents effectively enabling these staff, in turn, to deliver high levels of performance and future innovation.
With the Europe 2020 strategy, workplace innovation now occupies an important place in EU innovation and competitiveness policy. In 2013 the European Commission launched EUWIN (the European Workplace Innovation Network) and started a large-scale movement to create more productive and healthier places to work.
This interactive workshop introduces Workplace Innovation and is intended for participants of all levels who would like to learn how to improve performance and working lives by releasing the full knowledge, skill and creativity of people at every level.
Over two days, you will gain practical insights and actionable ideas condensed from the vast body of research and experience that exists in Europe. People leading change in different organisations also benefit enormously from exchanging ideas and experience of ‘what works’ (and what doesn’t), by sharing problems and solutions, and by acting as ‘critical friends’ to each other.
Digital technologies promise to transform productivity, remove waste and eliminate repetitive work through the rational organisation of production and service delivery.
The promise of digital technologies
The application of information and communication technology (ICT) to digitise information and integrate systems af all stages of product creation and use (including logistics and supply), both inside companies and across company boundaries.
Cyber-physical systems that use ICTs to monitor and control physical processes and systems.
Network communications including wireless and internet technologies that link machines, work products systems and people.
Simulation, modelling and virtualisation in the design of products and the establishment of
Collection of vast quantities of data, and their analysis and exploitation, either immediately on the factory floor, or through big data analysis and cloud computing.
Greater ICT-based support for human workers, including robots, augmented reality and intelligent tools.
Workplace Innovation Europe CLG has identified The Data Protection Commission of Ireland as the Lead Supervisory Authority (LSA) under the EU General Data Protection Regulation One Stop Shop for Cross Border Processing.
Workplace Innovation Limited is registered with the UK Information Commissioners Office (Registration Number Z3396194) and will act as a Concerned Supervisory Authority (CSA) particularly for processing UK data.
This privacy notice provides you with details of how we collect and process your personal data through your use of our site workplaceinnovation.eu including freshthinkinglabs.com and The Workplace Diagnostic®.
By providing us with your data, you warrant to us that you are over 18 years of age.
Workplace Innovation Europe CLG is the data controller and we are responsible for your personal data (referred to as “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy notice).
Our full details are:
Full name of legal entity: Workplace Innovation Europe CLG
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal address: Workplace Innovation Europe, CIT Campus, Bishoptown, Cork, T12Y275
It is very important that the information we hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please let us know if at any time your personal information changes by emailing us at email@example.com
2. WHAT DATA DO WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU, FOR WHAT PURPOSE AND ON WHAT GROUND WE PROCESS IT
Personal data means any information capable of identifying an individual. It does not include anonymised data.
We may process the following categories of personal data about you:
Communication Data that includes any communication that you send to us whether that be through the contact form on our website, through email, text, social media messaging, social media posting or any other communication that you send us. We process this data for the purposes of communicating with you, for record keeping and for the establishment, pursuance or defence of legal claims. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests which in this case are to reply to communications sent to us, to keep records and to establish, pursue or defend legal claims.
Customer Data that includes data relating to any purchases of goods and/or services such as your name, title, billing address, delivery address email address, phone number, contact details, purchase details and your card details. We process this data to supply the goods and/or services you have purchased and to keep records of such transactions. Our lawful ground for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps at your request to enter into such a contract.
User Data that includes data about how you use our website and any online services together with any data that you post for publication on our website or through other online services. We process this data to operate our website and ensure relevant content is provided to you, to ensure the security of our website, to maintain back- ups of our website and/or databases and to enable publication and administration of our website, other online services and business. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests which in this case are to enable us to properly administer our website and our business.
Technical Data that includes data about your use of our website and online services such as your IP address, your login data, details about your browser, length of visit to pages on our website, page views and navigation paths, details about the number of times you use our website, time zone settings and other technology on the devices you use to access our website. The source of this data is from our analytics tracking system. We process this data to analyse your use of our website and other online services, to administer and protect our business and website, to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and to understand the effectiveness of our advertising. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests which in this case are to enable us to properly administer our website and our business and to grow our business and to decide our marketing strategy.
Marketing Data that includes data about your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences. We process this data to enable you to partake in our promotions such as competitions, prize draws and free give-aways, to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of this advertising. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests which in this case are to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to decide our marketing strategy.
We may use Customer Data, User Data, Technical Data and Marketing Data to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you (including Facebook adverts or other display advertisements) and to measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve you. Our lawful ground for this processing is legitimate interests which is to grow our business. We may also use such data to send other marketing communications to you. Our lawful ground for this processing is either consent or legitimate interests (namely to grow our business).
We do not collect any Sensitive Data about you. Sensitive data refers to data that includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data. We do not collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.
Where we are required to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of the contract between us and you do not provide us with that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract (for example, to deliver goods or services to you). If you don’t provide us with the requested data, we may have to cancel a product or service you have ordered but if we do, we will notify you at the time.
We will only use your personal data for a purpose it was collected for or a reasonably compatible purpose if necessary. For more information on this please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. In case we need to use your details for an unrelated new purpose we will let you know and explain the legal grounds for processing.
We may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent where this is required or permitted by law.
3. HOW WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We may receive data from third parties such as analytics providers such as Google based outside the EU, advertising networks such as Facebook based outside the EU, such as search information providers such as Google based outside the EU, providers of technical, payment and delivery services, such as data brokers or aggregators.
4. MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Our lawful ground of processing your personal data to send you marketing communications is either your consent or our legitimate interests (namely to grow our business).
Under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, we may send you marketing communications from us if (i) you made a purchase or asked for information from us about our goods or services or (ii) you agreed to receive marketing communications and in each case you have not opted out of receiving such communications since. Under these regulations, if you are a limited company, we may send you marketing emails without your consent. However you can still opt out of receiving marketing emails from us at any time.
Before we share your personal data with any third party for their own marketing purposes we will get your express consent.
You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by emailing us at email@example.com at any time.
If you opt out of receiving marketing communications this opt-out does not apply to personal data provided as a result of other transactions, such as purchases, warranty registrations etc.
5. DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below:
Service providers who provide IT and system administration services.
Professional advisers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers
Government bodies that require us to report processing activities.
Third parties to whom we sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets.
We require all third parties to whom we transfer your data to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We only allow such third parties to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
6. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS
Countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) do not always offer the same levels of protection to your personal data, so European law has prohibited transfers of personal data outside of the EEA unless the transfer meets certain criteria.
Many of our third parties service providers are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) so their processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside the EEA.
Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EEA, we do our best to ensure a similar degree of security of data by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is in place:
We will only transfer your personal data to countries that the European Commission have approved as providing an adequate level of protection for personal data by; or
Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts or codes of conduct or certification mechanisms approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe; or
If we use US-based providers that are part of EU-US Privacy Shield, we may transfer data to them, as they have equivalent safeguards in place.
If none of the above safeguards is available, we may request your explicit consent to the specific transfer. You will have the right to withdraw this consent at any time.
7. DATA SECURITY
We have put in place security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used, altered, disclosed, or accessed without authorisation. We also allow access to your personal data only to those employees and partners who have a business need to know such data. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they must keep it confidential.
We have procedures in place to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach if we are legally required to.
8. DATA RETENTION
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
When deciding what the correct time is to keep the data for we look at its amount, nature and sensitivity, potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure, the processing purposes, if these can be achieved by other means and legal requirements.
For tax purposes the law requires us to keep basic information about our customers (including Contact, Identity, Financial and Transaction Data) for six years after they stop being customers.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
9. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Under data protection laws you have rights in relation to your personal data that include the right to request access, correction, erasure, restriction, transfer, to object to processing, to portability of data and (where the lawful ground of processing is consent) to withdraw consent.
You can see more about these rights at:
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive or refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you.
If you are not happy with any aspect of how we collect and use your data, you have the right to complain to the Irish Data Protection Commission, the the EU lead supervisory authority for data protection issues for Workplace Innovation Europe (https://www.dataprotection.ie/en/). Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We should be grateful if you would contact us first if you do have a complaint so that we can try to resolve it for you.
10. THIRD-PARTY LINKS
This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.
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Fresh Thinking Labs Membership provides your company with access to a 12-month programme of knowledge-sharing and networking both In Person and Online. Please indicate which of our upcoming In Person events your company is interested in joining, using the form below.
Fresh Thinking Labs Open Event Programme 2018-2019
Fresh Thinking Labs is an accessible and targeted platform for everyone looking for ideas and practical support for WORKPLACE INNOVATION. Much more than a database, it builds one-to-one and group relationships. It facilitates dialogue and knowledge sharing between members with common interests and challenges in open or closed communities. Members can also search and connect with other members based on their profile, interests and expertise. Members can take part in Masterclasses, Sofinars and Workshops , and share our unique portfolio of Online learning resources and The Essential Fifth Element Diagnostic to support workplace innovation in their organisation.
Fresh Thinking Lab Facilitators will pay close attention to the needs and interests of members and will regularly identify opportunities for webinars and forums on member-identified themes or facilitated workplace visits hosted by members (at extra cost for Standard and Plus members).
Facilitated Labs are set up by the Regional Facilitators, who are internationally known experts in Workplace Innovation , to form a close group of Members who wish to share knowledge in a specific field or region.
These may be On-line Facilitated Labs where the members share ideas and knowledge through online discussions, online webinars and online meetings.
The Labs may also be “In Person Labs”, where the group will arrange a number of meetings, usually at members’ sites, as well as having online discussions and sharing of resource material.
Fresh Thinking Lab members enjoy access to a unique range of opportunities for sharing knowledge and experience, building professional relationships with like-minded people and collaborating with them on issues of common interest.
Open Events are free to all Fresh Thinking Lab members.
In-Person Labs are closed groups of circa 15 companies focused on a specific theme or geographical location. They meet three or four times a year, typically in members’ workplaces, enabling the host to showcase good practices and gain support from the other participants as ‘critical friends’.
Workshops are open to members and non-members, offering a Fresh Thinking Labs ‘taster’ as well as expert-led insights into workplace innovation.
We welcome suggestions from members who may be interested in hosting events.
Nottingham (7th November) Helsinki (9th November) Creating Innovative and High Performing Workplaces.
Venue to be confirmed.
Webinar Leading Empowered Organisations.
Arginta Engineering: High Involvement Improvement and Innovation.
Good Work & Mental Well- Being
Launch meeting (Host: E.ON, UK)
Vilnius Creating Innovative and High Performing Workplaces.
1st-3rd March, Copenhagen
Two-day event: Ideation Platforms and Cultures of Innovation. Hosts: Danish Technological Institute & Novozymes.
Employee Representative Forums & Direct Participation
Launch meeting (Host: TBC)
Proekspert: Organisation Design in an IT Company.
Good Work & Mental Well- Being
(Host: Transport for London)
9th-10th May, Transforming culture at GE
(Host: GE HQ, London)
Second meeting (Host: TBC)
14th-15th June, San Sebastian
Ederfil Becker: Self-Managed Teamworking in a Flat Organisation.
NB: timing and content of events may be subject to change.
Changing how we create well-being at work - A reflective essay by Neil Devons
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 Essential Fifth Element
The Essential Fifth Element was conceived by Peter Totterdill and Rosemary Exton as a means of enabling employers, employees, trade unions, employers’ organisations, policymakers, consultants, researchers and other stakeholders to co-create a vision of the high performing, empowering workplace.
The Essential Fifth Element Diagnostic Online
Diagnostic tool to help you evaluate how innovative is your company.
Your pathway to the best workplace practices and latest thinking from across Europe and beyond where you can find a place to share experiences and ideas, learn together and gain inspirational insights to build high performing organisations and fantastic places to work.
Preparing to launch!
Fresh Thinking Labs Online is starting the final stages of testing with a number of invited companies using in the beta test site to make connections, form communities and share knowledge and experience. We will be reporting their feedback here over the next month.
The full version of Fresh Thinking Labs Online will launch in the autumn. Watch here for details of the launch activities and offers.
"Critical friends" meet again
Following the successful inaugural meeting of the Creative Workplace Group hosted by the Met Office last June, there have been two further meetings of this In-person Lab. In February the day-long event was hosted by CWG Grimshaw Architects at their London Office. This was followed by a visit to Red Gate, which is a software company providing “ingeniously simple” tools for technology professionals worldwide.
The members of the Labs’s common purpose is how to introduce innovative ways of working and, in particular, how to secure buy-in for change from senior management. At each meeting the members of the lab act as “critical friends” both learning from the practices of the host company and offering suggestions based on their experiences.
We are delighted to be launching the Good Work, Mental Health and Well-being Lab in association with E.ON, GSK and Transport for London.
The Lab is based on a small, closed network of companies and public sector employers committed to exploring and developing future-focused workplaces that generate positive mental health and well-being for all through healthy and engaging work. Good work supports mental well-being for everyone. Employers increasingly recognise the need to identify and support people with mental health problems but the wider task is to identify and address those workplace practices which build or undermine mental well-being