Work organisation and employee involvement in Europe

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Updated
11 June 2013
Published
11 June 2013
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Abstract

This report explores the opportunities open to employees in workplaces across Europe to participate in decision-making, either in the context of their job or in relation to wider organisational issues affecting their work. Employee involvement is a key component of work organisation, relating to other dimensions such as physical working conditions and work intensity. Two dimensions of employee involvement are covered: task discretion – or the influence that employees can exercise over their immediate work tasks – and organisational participation – or the influence that employees have over work organisation. While in the EU27 as a whole there are limited opportunities for employees to participate in decision-making, the findings point to the clear benefits for employees in working in organisations that give greater scope for their involvement. Crucially, 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. An executive summary is also available - see Related content.

 

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    84
    Reference No: 
    ef1330
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1115-9
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-13-008-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/18346
    Catalogue info

    Work organisation and employee involvement in Europe

    This report explores the opportunities open to employees in workplaces across Europe to participate in decision-making, either in the context of their job or in relation to wider organisational issues affecting their work. Employee involvement is a key component of work organisation, relating to other dimensions such as physical working conditions and work intensity. Two dimensions of employee involvement are covered: task discretion – or the influence that employees can exercise over their immediate work tasks – and organisational participation – or the influence that employees have over work organisation.

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  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    ef13301
    Catalogue info

    Organização do trabalho e envolvimento dos trabalhadores na Europa

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    O relatório analisa as oportunidades oferecidas aos trabalhadores nos locais de trabalho em toda a Europa de participarem no processo de tomada de decisões, quer no seu contexto profissional direto, quer em relação a questões de natureza organizacional mais vastas que afetam o seu trabalho. O envolvimento dos trabalhadores é uma componente fundamental da organização do trabalho e o relatório engloba duas das suas dimensões: grau de autonomia dos trabalhadores – a influência que os trabalhadores podem exercer sobre as suas tarefas laborais imediatas – e a participação no plano organizacional – a influência que os trabalhadores exercem a nível da organização do trabalho. Embora as oportunidades dos trabalhadores na UE27 de participarem no processo decisório sejam bastante limitadas, os resultados do inquérito apontam para benefícios claros, especialmente em termos da motivação e do bem-estar psíquico dos trabalhadores, elementos fundamentais para potenciar um melhor desempenho profissional e a produtividade das empresas.



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