5 ways to get employees involved in decision-making
With workers searching for more fulfilling careers, job satisfaction is more important than ever. Giving employees the responsibility and power to make decisions can therefore be the difference between a happy workforce and a miserable one.
1. Form a committee
Once a company reaches a certain size, it can be hard to hear everyone's voice. By forming a committee, you can get members from various departments to consolidate the suggestions and complaints from their areas and discuss the best ways for the company to address these issues and move forward.
2. Suggestion box
Another way to help engage your workers is by encouraging them to suggest changes that should be made to the company. Not all suggestions will be viable (pay rises for all, perhaps?), but you might learn there's a lot of support behind a better recycling system or an initiative the company should be involved in. If these changes are implemented, it will show that you listen to workers' ideas and care about their happiness.
3. Offer choices
If you're about to make a big change to the way things are done in your business, it's not always about think tanks and executive meetings. The people on the floor who do the day-to-day work more often than not know where things can be improved. Come up with a few options you think will improve things and then let your team brainstorm and vote on what they want to see happen. By giving them a voice, they're more likely to get behind changes and put in more effort to make them work.
4. Let them choose their training
Any successful management strategy involves training employees. Not only does it mean you can keep and nurture the best talent, you can also instil your company's values on your workers. While you may have certain things you want your employees to learn, they might not always agree with what you think is best for their career path. Speak to them about the skills they want to learn and, so long as there's a way it can benefit them, it's a good way to show you care. Because they've chosen the course, they'll likely put more effort into studying and putting what they've learnt into practice.
5. Remove set work hours
Forgetting Dolly Parton's advice, having set work hours is not always the best way to get things done. Letting people choose their own times in the office can see productivity increase – early birds can get things done while the sun's rising and the night owls can come in after a long lie-in. So long as everyone works a set number of hours and the quality of work is not impacted, there's no real reason to restrict when they can and can't do their work.
Once you give employees a way to have their voice heard, they'll feel a lot more valued in their roles, which improves morale and means you're less likely to have a high turnover rate. Who knows? They may even help you improve the way your company is run.
Do you promote a culture where employees are involved in the business decision-making processes?