Dutch government asks for advice on Workplace Innovation

The Dutch government sent in June 2020 a request for advice to the Social and Economic Council (SER) regarding workplace innovation (in Dutch: sociale innovatie).

The request had been signed by the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and the State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate.

The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) is an advisory body in which employers, employees and independent experts (Crown-appointed members) work together to reach agreement on key social and economic issues.

The SER advises the Dutch government and Parliament on social and economic policy. It also facilitates agreements. Examples are the creation of the Dutch Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth and various agreements on international responsible business conduct.

The overarching question is: “What is needed to apply social innovation more broadly, more successfully and more sustainably in Dutch businesses?”

More specific: how can social innovation contribute to organisational agility and performance, talent development, professional autonomy, more job control for workers and an inclusive work environment? What are success factors and barriers? Which role can social partners play and how can the government facilitate all this?

The government wants to receive the advice before the end of the year. You can read the government request here (only in Dutch)

How the SER is going to organise this process has not yet been decided. We will report on that later.

You can read the government request here (only in Dutch)

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EUWIN was established by the European Commission in 2013 and is now entirely supported by contributions from an international network of partners co-ordinated by HIVA (University of Leuven). EUWIN also functions as a network partner for the H2020 Beyond4.0 project.

Contact: Workplace Innovation Europe CLG (contact@workplaceinnovation.eu).