Looking for a new way to innovate in your business? Your employees, and their ideas, could be the creative solution you need to improve your business practices.
Workplace innovation, as this practice has come to be known, has been defined as ‘growth with values’. By encouraging employees to have their voices heard by sharing ideas and implementing suggestions, we will not only create a greater sense of workplace satisfaction – but can foster a range of wide-reaching benefits for businesses in general.
Clare Alexander, head of workplace innovation at Scottish Enterprise, met with us to discuss the challenge, and the benefits of inclusive growth and people-centred change.
Celebrating collective creativity
Put simply, workplace innovation is about creating a culture where staff are fully engaged and supported to reach their full potential. Through a programme of structured workshops and learning events, we’re aiming to energise and inspire public, private and third sector businesses to listen to the ideas of their employees.
“We know that successful and sustainable organisations create empowering workplace environments that enable employees – across all levels – to use their knowledge, competencies and talents to the fullest possible extent” says Clare.
Research also shows that fair work practices – and increasing employee motivation and well-being within the workplace plays a particularly important role in reducing employee stress, enhancing job satisfaction and wellbeing, improving mental health and increasing retention.
Embracing the benefits
“Scotland has the potential to significantly increase outputs by £45billion, through increasing the productivity of our existing businesses and it is widely recognised…