Workplace Innovation: Creating Performance in the Public Sector


29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018


EIPA - European Institute of Public Administration
Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE  Maastricht


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Event Description

Workplace Innovation (WI) helps organisations and their employees to improve their performance and working lives by engaging the knowledge, skills and creativity of people at every level. This is an important principle in any size or type of organisation whether large or small, or in manufacturing, services or public administrations. This interactive workshop introduces Workplace Innovation and is intended for participants of all levels who would like to learn how to improve performance and working lives by releasing the full knowledge, skill and creativity of people at every level.

Workplace Innovation on the European agenda
Workplace Innovation occupies an important place in EU innovation and competitiveness policy within the Europe 2020 strategy. In 2013 the European Commission launched EUWIN (the European Workplace Innovation Network) and started a large-scale movement to create more productive and healthier places to work.

Yet we know that only a minority of public or private sector organisations in Europe are making full use of evidence-based Workplace Innovation practices, with adverse consequences both for performance and employee health and well-being.

What you will learn in this course

  • Get practical insights and actionable ideas condensed from the vast body of research and experience that exists in Europe.
  • Benefit from exchanging ideas and experiences of ‘what works’ and what doesn’t by sharing problems and solutions and by acting as ‘critical friends’ to one another.
  • Discover how a growing number of companies and public organisations are transforming their working practices and cultures in ways that lead to real improvements in productivity, performance, engagement and well-being.
  • Have a unique opportunity to assess the workplace practices and culture in your organisation against some of the best case studies in Europe,
  • Identify positive opportunities for innovation and improvement.

Who is this course for?
You are working in the public sector at local, regional, national or EU level and would like to learn how to lead more effective teams and departments, improve efficiency and service quality, attract and retain the best talent and transform workplace practices and culture. You wish to enhance your leadership skills and enhance your ability to drive effective and sustainable change, whether at team level or across complex organisations.

Above all, you are committed to innovation and improvement and want to create a public sector organisation that is fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.

Course methodology and highlights
We believe learning happens best with practical knowledge. So we will:

  • Examine the business case for Workplace Innovation as well as its impact on employee health and well-being.
  • Explore core workplace practices that lead to high performance and high quality of working life.
  • Identify international examples of good practice through short films and case studies.
  • Hear from practitioners about their Workplace Innovation journeys.
  • Enable participants to evaluate current workplace practices in their own organisations and identify priorities for change and improvement.
  • Provide opportunities for participants to share ideas and experiences with each other.
  • You will gain access to a rich database of learning resources.

After course support
You will also discover Fresh Thinking Labs (, the international online and in person platform for Workplace Innovation. Participants will have complimentary membership, including access to online resources relevant to the programme from 1 May to 31 July 2018.

Course structure
The course duration is 2.5 days, in order to leave time for ample exercises and discussions. We start with introductions and a working dinner on the first day, followed by two full days.

The workshop is an introductory module to the seminar “Workplace Innovation: How to Drive Sustainable Change (from Diagnostic to Action)” which is scheduled on 10-12 September 2018.

This workshop can be booked in combination with the one-day conference “People and Innovation in the Public Sector”, Maastricht (NL) 28 May 2018. Are you interested in booking this combination? See People and Innovation in the Public Sector: Conference and Workshop.


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