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Employee Involvement in Practice

Based on Human Resource Management (4th Edition) by Alan Price - published by Cengage

The book looks at employee involvement as an aspect of engagement.and ties it to communication.

Marchington (2001) saw employee involvement as a feature of soft rather than hard HRM. In firms with a hard orientation, Marchington considers that the ‘numbers-driven’, cost-cutting mentality reduces involvement to a one-way communication channel aimed at transmitting management decisions and propaganda to staff. This contrasts with organizations that are true believers in employees as their ‘greatest asset’ where there is a strategic commitment to sharing information and opinions and achieving a workplace culture that meets business needs. Bennett (2010) describes employee involvement as a form of employee voice initiative which may be seen differently by HR practitioners and unions.

More on pages 236-258 of Human Resource Management, 4th edition

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