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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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The open book solutions profit-sharing programme at Paris Creperie, Boston

This chapter begins with a discussion of how profit sharing can benefit both employers and employees. It then goes on to examine how a restaurant in the Boston area used state workforce training fund to implement a profit sharing programme known as Open Book Solutions. Following a description of the initiative, the impacts, strengths, and challenges are discussed. The chapter concludes with a review of design principles and policy prescriptions essential for successful replication and wider adoption.

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