APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Employee Involvement

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Employee Involvement

Efforts to increase employee involvement empower workers, involve them in decision making and give them increased job autonomy. Employee involvement programs can increase job satisfaction, employee morale and commitment to the organization, as well as increase productivity, reduce turnover and absenteeism and enhance the quality of products and services.

Efforts to involve employees in meaningful ways include:

  • Self-managed work teams
  • Employee committees or task forces
  • Continuous improvement teams
  • Participative decision making
  • Employee suggestion forums, such as a suggestion box and monthly meetings

Example:

Organization: Steelscape

Program: Picking Their Own Peers

Results:

  • Employee well-being
  • Organizational performance
  • Motivation
  • Low turnover
  • Commitment
  • Outstanding safety record
  • Satisfaction

Click here to read more about Steelscape, a 2003 state-level award winner from Washington State and one of APA’s 2004 Best Practices Honorees.

"This is not pie in the sky; this is about the bottom line. Building psychologically healthy workplaces isn't just the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing to do."

The Honorable Alexis M. Herman
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor