A recent Eurofound Study confirms EANPC’s approach to innovation as set out in our Productivity Memorandum. The often forgotten human factor in innovation – employees’ skills, their level of output, their autonomy in their jobs, the rewards they receive – plays a crucial role in companies’ innovation processes.
Innovation, says Eurofound, "is an important driver of improved competitiveness, productivity and growth potential. This report explores which workplace practices have the strongest links to innovative company behaviour, looking at innovation in the form of new or significantly changed products or processes, new or improved marketing methods, and organisational change. It also explores links between innovation and company performance and workplace well-being, and examines the role of social dialogue in enhancing performance, well-being and innovation. The use of monitoring instruments for internal quality and external developments turned out to be among the strongest determinants of overall innovation; the degree of workers’ autonomy was another important factor. The probability of innovation is boosted when strong work organisation structures are combined with direct employee participation – for instance, involvement in solving problems or improving the quality of production."
The chapters of the study are
Innovation at company level
Innovation, workplace practices and performance - insights from the literature