Amazing Fact: Employees Like to Feel Valued!

Everyone likes to feel important on occasion, whether through achieving a major goal or being recognized for an accomplishment.  The workplace is no exception to this rule, as employees like to feel as though their decisions impact the actions their organisations take.  During major corporate change, leadership and culture can be shaken up dramatically and as a result, previous levels of perceived employee impact (“I make a difference”) might not remain intact.   


What benefits does an organisation reap if employees feel they have a voice, and how is this impacted through the change process?  This article attempts to answer these questions.


The researchers found that when employees perceive themselves as having impact on organisational decisions, they show higher levels of organisational commitment.  This sense of voice is inferred through relationships with line managers and, to an even stronger extent, with senior management.  Employees were found to react positively to organizational change when their perception of having voice was not compromised during this often tumultuous period. 


As such, employees should be made to feel as though their inputs to the organisation are valued, as are their thoughts and feelings.  Organisations can gain more dedicated workers in this way, at seemingly little cost.


It is clear from this study that not only do managers need to hear out the opinions of their employees, but senior leadership should ensure that lower-level employees are given a chance to express their concerns and opinions in such a way that garners results.  This can be accomplished via a number of means, such as having line managers serve as ambassadors, as the authors suggest, or by holding “town hall” style meetings, allowing employees to provide suggestions with immediate response from leadership.  By giving employees the opportunity to have their voices heard, an organisation can gain a workforce that is trustworthy, committed, and hard-working.



Topic: Change Management, Organizational Commitment, Potential, Trust

Publication: Human Resource Management (JAN 2011)

Article: The influence of perceived employee voice on organizational commitment: An exchange perspective

Authors: E. Farndale, J. Van Ruiten, C. Kelliher, and V. Hope-Hailey

Reviewed By: Allison B. Siminovsky