Cultivate a Lab Mindset

An intrinsic part of building a thriving workforce for the future

You may have innovation on your mission statement, but is that what employees truly experience?

What we know

In an era of continuous transformation, innovation is everyone’s job. And it’s a job that sits at the heart of how individuals, companies and society prepare for the future of work. Innovative businesses flourish and so do their people: we know that innovation makes a difference to where individuals want to work, and where they want to stay.

Yet the employee experience of innovation in the workplace often lags this aspiration today, with only 45% of employees saying their company accepts failure as a part of learning.

How to move forward

A lab mindset is one that poses questions, investigates hypotheses, and draws on data to support or disprove ideas. It is at the core of the future of work and moves us closer to the goal of an innovation culture. Talent practices, such as creative performance management and workforce analytics, can infuse an enterprise-wide culture of experimentation, one that drives new products and solutions, and also drives evolution in HR.


Figure 1: Three Enablers of a Successful Lab Mindset


Where to Start

Cultivating a lab mindset is an intrinsic part of building a thriving workforce for the future, and helping HR make smarter, quicker talent decisions. And it all starts with HR – but the real impact comes from the business adopting a new way of innovating. By delivering insights from data and substantiating hypotheses about people, HR can ensure key talent is more empowered, more energized and – yes – more innovative.

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Cultivate a Lab Mindset