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Employee involvement (also called participative management) refers to the degree to which employee’s influence how their work is organized and carried out. Employee involvement has become a natural process in every organization, but the level of involvement varies with the situation. In some organizations, almost everyone has a high degree of involvement in some corporate-wide decisions during a given year, whereas other organizations might give employees only low levels of involvement. The main levels of involvement (from lowest to highest) include: Decide alone. The decision maker relies on personal knowledge and insight to complete the entire decision process without conferring with anyone else. Receive information from individuals. The decision maker asks individuals for information. They do not make recommendations and might not even know what the problem is about. Consult with individuals. The decision maker describes the problem to selected individuals and seeks both their information and recommendations. The final decision is made by the decision maker, who may or may not take the advice of others into account. Consult with the team. The decision maker brings together a team of people (such as all staff in the department), who are told about the problem and provide their ideas and recommendations. The decision maker makes the final decision, which may or may not reflect the team’s information. Facilitate the team’s decision. The entire decision-making process is handed over to the team, where the original decision maker serves only as a facilitator to guide the team’s decision process and keep everyone on track. The team identifies the problem, discovers alternative...
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