European Policy on Workplace Innovation

Part of the Aligning Perspectives on Health, Safety and Well-Being book series (AHSW)


Workplace innovation is gaining profile as an emerging European policy, creating organisational performance and quality jobs. Workplace innovation is part of a broader EU economic and social policy to support organisational change in companies. How can this emergence of interest in workplace innovation, this new élan, be understood? This chapter describes the development of European policies regarding work organisation and workplace innovation over the last 20 years and its societal context. Over the years, the EU has only partly embraced the issue of workplace innovation, leaving most of the support to disparate national policies. Digitalisation and robotisation offer new opportunities for an integrated policy including EU-agendas on innovation, digitalisation, skills and occupational health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank D. Pot
    • 1
  • Peter Totterdill
    • 2
    • 5
  • Steven Dhondt
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Kingston UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.TNO, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific ResearchLeidenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  5. 5.Workplace Innovation Europe CLGDublinIreland

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