Employee Participation is a process of involving employees into decision-making processes: it is a deliberate withdrawal from a traditional schema whereby employees just act on orders produced by their management. Employee participation policy empowers employees to have more freedom in making decisions for themselves – it is a process of managerial decentralising when employees are trusted as responsible professionals (are encouraged to self-manage their activities) and obtain their portion of power to contribute into decision-making of a higher level.
Employee participation includes different positions that show its multifaceted nature:
- Raising of employee knowledge on corporate policies and expansion of their responsibility upon these policies to a reasonable level;
- Training people to be more accountable to themselves: promoting reasonable demands for self-organization and self-controlling;
- Providing employees with the opportunity to influence a decision-making on higher managerial levels: regular participation of employees and managers in meetings, discussions and voting for shared decisions can be included into this approach;