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.

"When you have a high level of employee involvement in regards to the decision-making and problem-solving; and, when employees know that they are not alone to deal with their personal issues; and, when they see opportunities to become healthier with their employer's help; then, that business will be able to count on its greatest resource, its employees."

Glenn McFadden
Executive Vice President of Operations
The Comporium Group