Morning at the Museum: Discovering How to Create a Culture of Innovation

July 26, 2018 Geoffroy De Lestrange

The ‘Engineer your Future’ area of London’s Science museum, with the sound of children discovering new things in the background, became the perfect backdrop to this year’s European roadshow.

For the third year in a row, we have partnered with IDC and spoken to close to 2,000 professionals in HR, IT and line management roles to discover the links between innovation, talent management, and the European roadshow has been our first chance to discuss the report on the findings. Named Future Culture 2018: 4 Archetypes of Innovation, this year’s report reveals the latest trends on how European companies recruit, train, develop and enable collaboration of their people.

Importantly, the report correlates these talent management trends to companies’ speed of innovation and breaks down the insights by four different organisational archetypes. Simply complete this quiz, work out which archetype your company is, and flick to the section of the report most relevant to you. No type is better or worse than another, but it can be helpful to know which type you are and adjust measures accordingly.

During our morning at the Science Museum, Cornerstone executive vice president and general manager EMEA, Vincent Belliveau, took us through key findings in the UK, while providing European context. For example, 91 percent of British organisations have started or are starting digital transformation, and whilst this number is high, other countries in Europe are higher – like 98 percent in Spain and 94 percent in Italy. Moreover, the digital transformation increase is faster across Europe, jumping from 84 percent last year to 92 percent this year, whilst the UK went from 87 percent to 91 percent. Do British organisations need to speed up this coming year? If we are to keep up with the rest of Europe the answer is yes.

On the plus side, positive workforce sentiment is increasing in the UK with 48 percent of the workforce stating that they have pride in their work, are happy to recommend their employer, and see their workplace as an attractive place to be. Last year, positive workplace sentiment was at 41 percent and before that (2016) it was at 46 percent – showing a possible Brexit-uncertainty blip. 

As organisations continue in their digital transformation endeavours and we enter the Skills Economy, employees and customers will ask more of business leaders. Technological advancements like automation and artificial intelligence have propelled us into a world where businesses need to develop and embrace new skills that drive innovation.

Whilst event attendees were joined at the Science Museum by a mind reader who impressed us with some tricks, innovation needn’t be magical or happen when some secret creative types, or engineers, shut themselves in a room. If you and your business are to survive in a digital world, innovation must be part of everyday operations, regardless of the type of organisation you work in.

Like the Science Museum encourages youngsters to engineer their future, we invite you all to help engineer the future of your organisation.

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Geoffroy De Lestrange

Product Marketing & Communication Director EMEA at Cornerstone OnDemand

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