The Scottish Government will hold a series of workshops across Scotland to help businesses create a Fair Work Action Plan that will boost the economy.

The first workshop was held in Glasgow on September 25, with further events planned for Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling and Dumfries.

The programme precedes the Scottish Government’s intention to launch a Fair Work Action Plan in December, and will provide participating companies with the opportunity to contribute to shaping future policy.

A number of companies throughout Scotland and beyond are already creating new ways of working that improve productivity, increase their capacity for innovation and enhance employee engagement.

The new initiative will be delivered by Business in the Community Scotland (BITC) and Workplace Innovation Limited.

The programme will enable more Scottish businesses to understand the benefits of workplace innovation practices and the evidence based link between job quality, employee health and wellbeing, engagement and productivity.

Participating businesses will hear from a Scottish company about its inspiring Workplace Innovation journey as well as sharing ideas and experiences with participants from other companies.

They will also be exposed to international examples of good working practices.

Peter Totterdill, director of Workplace Innovation Limited said: ”Organisations adopting these evidence-based workplace practices systematically can gain 20-60% improvements in business performance, ranging from productivity to employee engagement, health and well-being.

”The Scottish Government is committed to developing a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society."

The programme includes workshops at:

  • Edinburgh – 24 October 2018, 09:00-12:00. Doug Johnston (GM, DS Smith Lockerbie) will demonstrate how the company achieved remarkable improvements in business performance through employee-driven improvement and innovation. Book here.
  • Aberdeen – 31 October 2018, 10:00-11:30. Rob Cowman (Engineering Director, East Coast Oil & Gas) describes a strategy for growth that is keeping enterprise and a culture of innovation at the heart of the company's vision and values. Book here.
  • Stirling – 20 November, 09:00-12:00. Mairi Martin (Leader Cornerstone Central) demonstrates the transformational leadership that inspired radical change in her organisation, leading to win-win outcomes for the business, its staff and its clients. Book here.
  • Dumfries – 21 November, 09:30-12:00. Aimee Doole (Marketing and Communications Manager, Booth Welsh) will show how this engineering services company gained a competitive edge by harnessing the ideas and creativity of its employees, leading to widespread business improvements and a more engaged workforce.

For more details about the upcoming workshops, click here