Knowledge Knibbles: High-performance working

This Knowledge Knibble session provides an overview of the evidence about the impact of high-performance work practices from both the UK and internationally, and will then consider which practices make most difference to performance.

Drawing upon wide-ranging research that IES has conducted, the discussion on implementation will be interactive, with participants reflecting upon their own experience of people management, and the barriers and facilitators to successful facilitation that they have encountered.


The aim of this session is to:

  •  understand the concept of high-performance working;

  • critically assess the concept and what it means in practice;

  • explore some of the evidence linking high performance working to organisational performance; and

  • consider implementation issues.

Course content

  • Discover the most common ‘clusters’ of management practice that research has shown to be most effective across sectors and in different types of organisations.

  • A look at the evidence on how to combine different high-performance practices to get the most appropriate ‘blend’ to suite your business strategy.

  • The chance to look in detail at the role that line managers play in the delivery of these practices.

  • Discuss the current issues around the best routes to high performance – for example, the role of financial incentives, the impact of high-performance teams, the ways to update performance management to align with other high-performance practices.

  • Time to reflect on, and draw out some lessons for, your organisation’s own approach to delivering and sustaining high performance, whilst considering who should take the lead on this.


  • 90-minute session.

  • Up to 20 participants.

  • Delivered at your offices.

Price per session

Non-members of the IES HR Network £820 + expenses (excl. VAT)
Members of the IES HR Network Three Knowledge Knibbles are included in the HR Team module, or sessions can be bought at a 20% discount.

Your facilitator

Stephen Bevan

Stephen Bevan
Head of HR Research Development

Contact us

For more information or to book a Knowledge Knibble, please get in touch to discuss your requirements with us.

Email: Emma Stewart-Rigby

Call: 01273 763433