“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” – Anne M. Mulcahy
Participatory management, a new style in the workplace management, is the practice of empowering members of a group, such as employees of a company, to participate in organizational decision making.
Some companies are admired for the way they keep their employees engaged and zealous about their work. They keep this color shine by letting their employees take charge of their own tasks at the workplace.
When an organization provides its employees the appropriate authority to work on their projects and tasks, they feel more valued to use their own logic and wisdom in achieving their work goals. This kind of leadership planning often empowers talented employees and enables the top management to focus on vital planning and at the same time allows lower level employees to work on daily routine tasks. Engaging people also helps the company to retain good people.
An engaged employee is the one who is positively charged and is productive, the one who is pretty clear with what the organization wants to achieve. They have few common traits like:
>> Trust and belief in their organization
>> A strong feeling to work for the betterment of the organization
>> Fathom business background and its future plan
>> Clear knowledge about company’s goals and expectations
>> Appreciate and value other employees
>> Ready to go the extra mile
However, there are some benefits and drawbacks of having such type of management in an organization, let’s have a look at some of those points:
Benefits of Participative Management:
Growth in Productivity: Participatory management helps employees achieve something bigger. When they are offered to participate in the decision-making process of the company, they feel more confident and associated and this helps them to be more productive for the organization.
Employee satisfaction: When employees give their suggestion/advice or a plan about something and when it is executed by the company, it gives a higher sense of fulfillment and thus creates a greater level of employee satisfaction.
Learning: When employees work on their own by using their knowledge and thoughts, it fosters self-learning. They try to learn more about their field of work and try to grasp as many information as possible through different resources provided by the company.
Career development: People who are given the opportunity to learn more while they are still working with the company, are more active and this gives them a sense of accomplishment. Through different kinds of workshops and training sessions, a company provides it’s employees a chance to grow which ultimately helps organizations to achieve their goals faster.
Drawbacks of Participative Management:
Security threat: When some important decision has to be made, a large amount of data and information relating to the company’s day-to-day activities and future plan is shared among everyone. This makes the company feel insecure and the possibility that the employee may take it out of the company becomes a major concern. The risk of getting such sensitive information out is higher as more people know about it.
Superior feeling: Those employees who participate in the decision-making process and whose suggestions are excitedly accepted by the organization, might feel at times that they are valued more than other employees and they may demand management to treat them as superiors. Such employees might make different kinds of demands which the organization sometimes would find difficult to fulfill.
Extinction of Management Authority: Some employees may have a feeling that they are now superior to others as now they have a say in the decision-making process, this may sometimes cause some people to feel that they are now entitled employees and they may take company’s resources for granted. To overcome this, Management should immediately take off such atmosphere by appointing Team leaders over a group of people, this not only helps the company to move forward smoothly but it also avoids future uncertainties at the workplace.
This model of management is very much contemporary and is one of the most common activity implemented by our organization where we actively engage people at work to use their own understanding and knowledge in executing different kinds of tasks. They are offered full freedom at work so that they can use their own level of thinking and finish their given tasks on time in an adequate manner. Apart from this we also have team leaders who monitor their work on daily basis and this helps our organization to achieve day to day goals more efficiently.
Participative Management Programme At Atlas:
Every month we conduct general sessions where each employee is given the chance to share their opinions. The opinions are noted and are then discussed separately by the management executives and directors. They collectively work on them and execute a final decision. Each week, one of our management executives announces the “Employee of the Week” winner, publicly applauding winning employee’s skills and expertise. This is another way of appreciating an employee and it helps them stay more engaged at work.
This kind of recognition makes employees feel that they are considered important and that their efforts and engagement to the company doesn’t go unnoticed.
How to make employees engaged at the Workplace?
Through accolades and recognition for a job well done
Allow them to speak and share their suggestions, opinions, and ideas
Help them to get to know each other well
Providing opportunity to learn advanced skills and grow in the organization
Admiring their work and dedication for the company
Providing useful resources to explore more
Illuminate company’s goals and responsibilities
Incorporate some fun into the workplace
Should an organization apply such kind of management?
I would say, Yes! Participative management helps an organization create a work environment that not only helps the employee feel better and motivated but also gives them a sense of ownership over their work. It eventually makes employees cheerful, productive and ardent and thus helps the organization in becoming a trustworthy workplace.