The case for Workplace innovation
2013 – Three authors, involved in the EUWIN network, an European learning network for Workplace innovation, composed the attached paper in order to convince decision makers in companies of the benefits of workplace innovation.
They point at survey evidence that suggests that there is a positive impact of workplace innovation practices on organizational performance at the one hand and at the other on employee wellbeing and engagement. Workplace innovation is a new and participative way of working.
However there is a gap between evidence based practice and common practice.
What is the evidence?
Survey evidence suggests that a great part of innovation success can be ascribed to workplace innovation. The case refers to studies that show a positive impact of workplace innovation on: productivity, manufacturing quality, client service, financial performance and profitability and various other performance outcomes. Finish studies show that improvements of quality of working life have a strong association with economic performance and indeed may actually enable them. Findings suggest that participation is the main driver of this convergence between economic performance and well-being.
Workplace innovation is about systematic adoption of workplace practices, grounded in evidence, that unleash employee-led knowledge, skill and innovation at every level of the organization.
Peter Totterdill, Steven Dhondt, Neil Devons. The case for Workplace innovation. The document is attached.
In 2017 Steven Dhondt had a presentation at the Frauenhofer Intitute about ‘workplace innovation and Adaptive planning’. This presentation (pdf) is attached.
Theme: Workplace innovation