The workplace Innovation Toolkit has been launched by Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD. It is a practical tool to help companies and their workforces identify where there is scope to improve their business and their work practices. This, in turn, will help them to become more resilient and more sustainable, enhance skills, and support them in maintaining and creating employment.
Based on four pillars of employee engagement; innovation; productivity; and training, this diagnostic toolkit provides an online questionnaire of 25 questions designed to facilitate self-evaluation of the organisation's capacity to be an innovative workplace. The Toolkit, which can be used as a resource for ambitious firms to innovate and compete successfully in an increasingly uncertain global trading environment, will point companies to the relevant supports to help them improve and grow their business.
Minister Humphreys said, “Evidence shows that workplace innovation leads to significant and sustainable improvements both in organisational performance and in employee engagement and well-being.”
The Workplace Innovation Toolkit is an initiative under the Government's 2018 Action Plan for Jobs and can be accessed at: https://witool.dbei.gov.ie/#/ei-login
The Action Plan for Jobs 2018 sets out four key immediate aims, to ensure that:
- Ireland’s enterprise base can be successful amid the uncertainty created by Brexit;
- All parts of the country achieve their potential in terms of job creation;
- Those entering, re-entering, or in the workforce have the incentives and skills needed to prosper and lead fulfilling lives; and
- Ireland’s enterprise base remains successful by focusing relentlessly on competitiveness, productivity, and innovation.
With the APJ 2018, the Government demonstrates its commitment to support the long-term growth of enterprise, in particular SMEs.