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Better Use of Skills in the Workplace

Why It Matters for Productivity and Local Jobs

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This joint OECD-ILO report provides a comparative analysis of case studies focusing on improving skills use in the workplace across eight countries. The examples provide insights into the practical ways in which employers interact with government services and policies at the local level. They highlight the need to build policy coherence across employment, skills, economic development and innovation policies, and underline the importance of ensuring that skills utilisation is built into policy development thinking and implementation.

Skills utilisation concerns the extent to which skills are effectively applied in the workplace to maximise workplace and individual performance. It involves a mix of policies including work organisation, job design, technology adaptation, innovation, employee-employer relations, human resource development practices and business-product market strategies. It is often at the local level that the interface of these factors can best be addressed.

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Collaborative workplace innovation in the East Midlands, United Kingdom

This chapter describes the Innovation Workplaces programme which was implemented in the East Midlands, United Kingdom, designed to enhance employee skills utilisation in workplaces. The programme was set-up as a partnership between the United Kingdom’s Work and Organisation Network, Acas and the regional development agency. The programme focuses on workplace innovation, in short the adoption of participative and empowering organisational and managerial practices which engage the talent and potential of employees at all levels more effectively than traditional approaches.

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