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Five ways to boost workplace innovation

With the cost of doing business rising, workplace innovation can deliver a range of benefits to your organisation. It’s an incredibly effective way to increase efficiency, boost productivity and retain talent. Our Business Support Services Team Leader Helen Noble shares five ways to help maximise the potential of your workforce by improving workplace practices.

Business Support Team Leader Helen Noble

What is workplace innovation?

When we hear the word ‘innovation’, we tend to think of products and services, but innovation isn’t limited to what your organisation does. It can also be applied to how your organisation works.

Workplace Innovation brings together an organisation’s people and processes to create a culture where staff are fully engaged and supported to reach their potential, creating fair, innovative and transformative jobs that benefit everyone.

As such, workplace innovation isn’t ‘one’ thing. Instead, it encompasses a diverse range of workplace practices, and is a holistic approach to developing skills, people, jobs, and management to deliver benefits to both the organisation and the people who work there.

Fundamentally, workplace innovation is a process – it isn’t a state that you achieve as a business. It’s an ongoing journey to improving your workplace practices and processes so your organisation and its people can benefit.

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Why is it important?

Workplace innovation can help your organisation maximise the potential of its most important resource: your people. Ensuring your employees can use the full range of their skills, knowledge, and experience, and supporting them to upskill and grow, can deliver great economic benefits.

What benefits can workplace innovation deliver?

There are many benefits to workplace innovation for both your employees and your organisation, such as:

  • Improved leadership
  • Higher levels of performance
  • Cost reduction
  • Increased efficiency and productivity
  • Talent retention
  • Increased trust
  • Increased participation in decision making
  • Improved wellbeing

How we've supported other businesses

Helen Noble is a team leader in Scottish Enterprise’s Workplace Innovation Team. With her team, she offers tailored advice and support for businesses looking to better use their most important asset: their people.

Over the past five years, the Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Team have supported:

  • 2500 companies to develop fair and innovative workplace practices within their organisation
  • 900 companies to develop their leaders and managers
  • 900 delegates have attended our events and masterclasses - plus another 650 attended events run jointly with partners
  • Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme resulted in £1.4 million savings from implementing new practices, 6% increase in project profitability, increased employee engagement and participation in problem solving
  • 5000 individuals have benefited from support across our full range of services

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