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.

"Many of our organizational values focus on employees, with a goal of maximizing quality service to our community. This award illustrates our level of commitment to providing our employees with a healthy workplace, both physically and mentally."

Ed Everett
City Manager
Redwood City, CA