Employee voice in Australia: The impact of employee participation arrangements on organisational performance and employee well-being

Summary

As union membership has declined, alternative arrangements for employee participation and representation, i.e. employee voice, have developed. This project examines what alternative arrangements exist for employees to exert their influence on organisational decision-making and their economic and social consequences. It focuses on the employee impacts such as recognition, access to information and control over one’s environment; and employer impacts, including productivity and organisational performance. The project findings will inform policy debates currently underway in Australia about the representation of employees’ interests at the workplace and is likely to impact policymakers in government, unions and employers.

Funded by the Australian Research Council (Linkage grant 2011–2014), with industry partner Voice Project.

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