Published: 22 October 2013

Do involved employees make for more motivated employees?

With a highly skilled workforce being vital for economic growth, the need to foster systems that enhance employee motivation and well-being is becoming increasingly essential in businesses around the world.

An influential perspective in this discussion is that organisations which provide high levels of worker involvement tend to be particularly successful in motivating those employees.

The problem, however, is that we currently know relatively little about the prevalence of employee involvement across EU countries, or about the factors that encourage it. The extent to which employee involvement leads to joint benefits, as claimed by its advocates, is also controversial.

Surrey’s Dr Ying Zhou, working with Professor Duncan Gallie from the University of Oxford, set out to explore these areas and address the shortcomings of existing research.

Their resulting report, ‘Work organization and employee involvement in Europe’, looked into the extent and impact of employee involvement in work organizations in the EU27. The report, which was commissioned by Eurofound (the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) found that employee involvement has been shown to have a positive effect on employee motivation and psychological wellbeing, critical elements in fostering enhanced work performance and company productivity.

Dr Zhou is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Surrey Business School. Her research focuses on employee skills, organisational participation, non-standard labour contracts and quality of work life.

Discover more and read the full report on the Eurofound website.

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