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Employee Voice in Decision-Making

Elin Gustafsson
2 min read
Employee Experience
Employee Voice in Decision-Making

In the corporate world, the employee voice is gaining attention as a critical factor in decision-making. But what does it truly mean, and how can leaders effectively harness it? Ed O’Boyle sheds light on this crucial aspect in his insightful exploration of employee engagement and organizational dynamics, focusing on 5 Ways to Make the Most of Employee Voices.

Research by Gallup reveals a depressing reality: only one in four employees globally feel that their opinions matter at work. This highlights a widespread issue where employees’ valuable suggestions and ideas often go unheard.

The importance of inclusive decision-making

Engaging a broad spectrum of employees in decision-making is critical to fostering buy-in and ownership of organizational changes. Establishing internal “listening posts” can help leaders identify blind spots by incorporating diverse perspectives, concerns, and ideas.

Utilizing technology like Questback access enables leaders to conduct quick pulse surveys, providing real-time insights into employee sentiments—a capability previously unavailable in such scale.

However, well-intentioned efforts to listen to employees can only succeed with a strategic approach. Experience shows that rashly implemented initiatives often give weak results or even backfire. Here’s a strategic framework based on best practice insights.

5 Strategic approaches to amplify employee voices and enhance engagement

  1. Strategize before implementing: Consider the implications of establishing a listening post. Acknowledge that requesting input is just the beginning; it requires a dedicated response team with the authority and resources to drive change.
  2. Leverage existing data: Before seeking additional input, utilize existing data such as performance metrics, demographics, and past surveys to enhance decision-making and formulate better questions.
  3. Act on survey results: Communicate and act fast on survey findings to demonstrate responsiveness and value employee voices. Failure to do so risks undermining trust and discouraging future participation.
  4. Prevent survey fatigue: Use pulse surveys carefully to avoid overwhelming employees. Treat each question as valuable, ensuring that surveys yield meaningful insights worth employees’ time investment.
  5. Complement surveys with conversations: Recognize that surveys cannot replace interpersonal relationships. Encourage leaders to engage in direct interactions, fostering trust and facilitating deeper conversations beyond survey responses.hämtade

Employee voice being recognised

In essence, embracing the voice of employees can revolutionize decision-making and enhance organizational culture. Yet, it requires leaders’ strategic, intentional, and accountable approach. By adhering to these principles, organizations can cultivate a culture of listening that benefits both employees and the business.


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