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Communications and Influence


We’d all like to have a say in our work lives, to have meaningful input into decisions that affect our careers. Indeed, promoting greater employee involvement in the workplace is a goal advocated by many management experts who point out that employees often have unique insights that management could greatly benefit from. However, despite all the talk about empowering workers, the suggestion that greater employee involvement in workplace decision-making is a key to business success remains a tough sell. How much importance do Canadian employers actually place on providing their employees more say in the workplace? Do Canadian workers genuinely feel they can influence management decisions which affect their daily job? Do employees who feel they have little sway in the workplace generally look forward to going to work each day? How does open and frank sharing of information between employees and management affect trust in the workplace and why should this matter to organizations?