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.

"Winning this award has validated the hard work all our staff put into their work every day. In an industry that has high staff burnout and turnover and is usually in the press for failing, Green Chimneys strives to change that paradigm. We celebrate our successes and learn from our failures."

Joseph A. Whalen
Executive Director
Green Chimneys