“Comparing like with like, organisations that introduce workplace innovation practices systematically gain 20-60% improvements across a wide range of business indicators, from productivity to employee health, engagement and well-being.”

Totterdill, P., Closing the Gap: ‘The Fifth Element’ and Workplace Innovation. European Journal of Workplace Innovation, 1,1, January 2015

Dr Peter Totterdill

We co-created the workplace innovation approach to help employers improve productivity, create better products, and improve the health and well-being of their workforces.

Our approach is helping companies to compete more successfully in challenging markets and public bodies to deliver improved services at lower cost. Its importance is recognised by the EU and by governments across Europe and Asia.

‘Workplace Innovation’ defines evidence-based organisational practices that enable employees at every level to use and develop their skills, knowledge, experience and creativity to the fullest possible extent, simultaneously enhancing business performance, engagement and well-being.

Totterdill, P., Dhondt, S., Milsome, S., Partners at Work? A Report to Europe’s Social Partners and Policy Makers, European Commission, 2002.

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