Employee involvement had beneficial effects on how workplaces fared in the recession

Posted by ap507 at Nov 10, 2014 10:40 AM |
Study findings to be presented on 12 November reveal that managements who involve their employees helped their organisation perform better in the recession

Professor Stephen Wood (pictured), from the College of Social Science, has concluded from new research that organisations - whether private or public – which involve their workforce and share information actually perform better.

 His study discovered:

  • Employee involvement had a beneficial effect on how organisations fared in the recession
  • People are happier when their jobs have variety and autonomy
  • Managements that readily share information and involve their employees in the wider organisation and business perform better
  • There are ways of treating people at work that can make them happier and improve performance that have little to do with money

Professor Wood said: “The way jobs are designed has a huge impact on employees’ sense of happiness at work. This is in danger of being neglected, at a time when people are still worrying about unemployment, job security and the fairness of large salaries. But giving workers discretion, where it existed, did help us greatly in the recession.”

Professor Wood is due to present his findings at a lecture in Leicester on 12 November at De Montfort University.

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