Among the most prominent hotly debated issues is employee participation in management. Since long there has always been a growing demand from the employees to allow them effective participation in not only the management but also in the decision making process of the enterprise concerned. While many systems have changed catering to the modern day requirements accepting such participation, there are also conservative sectors that do not relish the idea of sharing the management with their employees.
Growing trend in developed countries like United States is to motivate the employees and involve them in successful implementation of business strategies. Entrepreneurs in United States believe in making the employee a part of the entire process managing the enterprise. They do not like to confine them to small role of task based employee.
Of course till date there is no concrete data regarding suggestion systems where employees suggest and employer agrees. Yet it was estimated during a recent survey that the number of enterprises that have actually implemented employee participation in management through such system counts to thousands though not millions.
An example was EIA based in Chicago that had more than thousand members. It encompassed international organization like the General Motors to companies with less than thirty employees. Suggestion program is not aimed at employees putting impact on the achievements of either the corporate or the organization goals. At the same time, the growth of demands for employee participation globally has been reflected in labor scenario existing in U.K, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and most other countries in Europe.
Yet there can be no two opinions about the fact that employee participation in any program will benefit from the valuable and experienced suggestions rendered by senior employees. At the same time working zeal and vitality of the younger generation would also be reflected in their suggestions. Whether the ultimate authorities accept them or not, it will raise a feeling of involvement and belonging.
Recently, President Obama of United States indicated about budget cutting ideas from bottom up. He also claimed that a process would be established that will help all the employees to save ideas or place the ideas regarding management to the government. This is a massive step towards employee participation that can change the entire international scenario.