Studies show most employees appear to want the opportunity to offer opinions and concerns in relation to the work issues that matter to them, and that organisations value employees’ ideas and suggestions for improvements. Employees may seek voice through a variety of means, including unions, grievance procedures, suggestion schemes, etc. Voice is also linked to notions of fairness, employee engagement and organisational climate. In its broadest terms employee voice is about what happens when employees have a say over work activities and decisions within their workplaces.

Research areas

  • Employee involvement and participation
  • Employee representation and voice
  • Enterprise bargaining
  • Management of union relations and partnerships
  • Whistleblowing at work

Voice at Work

Professor Adrian Wilkinson explains what Employee Voice is and it's important role in the employment relationship.

Members undertaking research in this area

  • Professor Adrian Wilkinson
  • Professor Fang Lee Cooke (Adjunct)
  • Professor Pauline Dibben (Adjunct)
  • Professor Bruce Kaufman (Adjunct)
  • Dr Ashlea Kellner (Adjunct)
  • Professor Geoff Wood (Adjunct)
  • Professor Peter Ackers (Adjunct)
  • Associate Professor Ariel Avgar (Adjunct)

Recent research outputs

  • Brown, A.J.' & Lawrence, S.A. 2017, 'Strength of organisational whistleblowing processes: Analysis from Australia. Further results of the Whistling While They Work 2 project, Griffith University, Brisbane, May.
  • Farndale, E, McDonnell, A, Scholarios, D. & Wilkinson, A. 2020, 'A look to the past, present, and future of the journal and HRM scholarship,' Human Resource Management Journal, 30, pp. 1-12.
  • Gomez, R., Barry, M., Bryson, A., Kaufman, B., Lomas, G., & Wilkinson, A. 2019, 'The “good workplace”', Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership, 2(1), pp. 60-90.
  • Greenfield, D., Lawrence, S., Kellner, A., Townsend, K., & Wilkinson, A. 2019, ‘Health service accreditation stimulating change in clinical care and human resource management processes: A study of 311 Australian hospitals’, Health Policy, 123(7) pp. 661-665.
  • Jones, Liz. 2019, 'Institutional talk: Extending our understanding of intergroup communication in institutional settings,' in Harwood, J., Gasiorek, J, Piersen, H., Nussbaum, J., & Gallois, C. (eds) Language, Communications, and Intergroup Relations, Routledge.
  • Kellner, A., Townsend, K., Loudoun, R., & Wilkinson, A. 2019, 'Barriers to frontline manager support for high-trauma workers', Personnel Review, 48(6), pp. 1394-1409.
  • Lawrence, S., & Brown, AJ. 2019 ‘Protecting whistleblowers: Creating the optimal environment,’ Governance Directions, ISSN: 2203-4749.
  • Prouska, R., Avgoustaki, A., Psychogios, A., & Wilkinson, A. 2019, 'Employee participation and representation in Central and Eastern Europe', Economic and Industrial Democracy, DOI: 10.1177/0143831X19887805.
  • Werth S., Peetz D., & Broadbent K. 2018, 'Issues of power and disclosure for women with chronic illness in their places of work,' in Werth S., & Brownlow C. (eds) Work and Identity, Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wilkinson, A., Barry, M., & Morrison, Elizabeth. 2019, 'Toward an integration of research on employee voice', Human Resource Management Review, 30, DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2018.12.001.
  • Wilkinson, A., & Mowbray, P. 2019, ‘Creating and sustaining involvement and participation in the workplace’, in Wilkinson, A., Bacon, N., Snell, S., & Lepak, S., (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management, SAGE Publishing, pp. 253-270.

A comprehensive list of outputs can be found at our member’s Griffith Experts links above.

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