Goal of employee consultation

Employee communications and consultation are essentially about involving and developing people in an organisation. Employees will be able to perform at their best if they know their duties, obligations and rights and have an opportunity to make their views known to management on issues that affect them.

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Benefits of employee consultation

Good employee communications and consultation can improve organisational and management performance and also improve decision-making. Employers should have a communications and consultation policy. Good communication and consultation should involve everyone in an organisation. Consultation involves taking account of as well as listening to the views of employees. Communication is a two-way process - information should flow up from employees and down from managers. Good communications and consultation are central to the management process when dealing with changes in working practices and procedures. Communication is concerned with the exchange of information and ideas within an organisation. Consultation involves managers actively seeking and taking account of the views of employees before making a decision.

A communication and consultation policy is a particularly effective way of setting out the attitude of the organisation and defining the responsibilities of those involved. The main links in any communication and consultation system are the line managers and supervisors. They are responsible for passing on information in both directions.

Key points subject to consultation

Managers need to communicate information to employees about:

  • contractual terms and conditions of employment
  • the job and its performance
  • the organisation's performance progress and prospects
  • changes to any of the above issues

Employees will also have concerns and points they wish to raise about their jobs and the organisation and there should be provision for communicating this information to managers.

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