Why workplace innovation matters
The Essential Fifth Element offers a practical, evidence-based approach to understanding workplace innovation practices as well as their impact on performance and working life. It has found many applications across Europe.
The Essential Fifth Element describes the enabling, responsive and innovative culture that is so deeply embedded in some organisations. Such a culture is not the product of an initiative or a leadership development programme. It is only created when each of the other four Elements are in place – a system of mutually reinforcing practices.
So what are the four tangible elements that combine to create the essence of an innovative, engaging workplace? Firstly it’s the individual employee’s job and team. Secondly it’s the structure of the organisation as a whole, and thirdly about creating opportunities for reflection and improvement. Finally it’s about hearing the employee’s voice in both strategic and operational decisions. These are like the four elements that make up our world: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.
But it is when these elements combine that something remarkable begins to happen. This is The Essential Fifth Element, the buzz you get in a workplace where employees at every level use and develop their knowledge, experience and creativity to the full, where employees come to work to improve the organisation as well deliver their functional tasks in the best possible way.