WORKERS’ PARTICIPATION IN MANAGEMENT(I) (i) Introduction:
Three groups of managerial decisions affect the workers of any industrial establishment and hence theworkers must have a say in it.
– methods of manufacturing, automation, shutdown, lay-offs, and mergers.
– recruitment and selection, promotions, demotions, transfers, grievancesettlement, work distribution.
– hours of work, welfare measures, questions affecting work rules and conductof individual worker’s safety, health, and sanitation and noise control.Participation basically means sharing the decision-making power with the lower ranks of theorganization in an appropriate manner.
The concept of WPM is a broad and complex one. Depending on the socio-political environment andcultural conditions, the scope and contents of participation change.
International Institute of Labour Studies
: WPM is the participation resulting from the practiceswhich increase the scope for employees’ share of influence in decision-making at different tiers of organizational hierarchy with concomitant (related) assumption of responsibility.
Workers’ participation, may broadly be taken to cover all terms of association of workers andtheir representatives with the decision-making process, ranging from exchange of information,consultations, decisions and negotiations, to more institutionalized forms such as the presence of workers’ member on management or supervisory boards or even management by workersthemselves (as practiced in Yugoslavia).The main implications of workers’ participation in management as summarized by ILO:
Workers have ideas which can be useful;
Workers may work more intelligently if they are informed about the reasons for and theintention of decisions that are taken in a participative atmosphere.
(I) (ii) Objectives:
According to Gosep, workers’ participation may be viewed as:
An instrument for increasing the efficiency of enterprises and establishing harmonious relations;
A device for developing social education for promoting solidarity among workers and for tapping human talents;
A means for achieving industrial peace and harmony which leads to higher productivity andincreased production;
A humanitarian act, elevating the status of a worker in the society;
An ideological way of developing self-management and promoting industrial democracy.
Other objectives of WPM can be cited as:
To improve the quality of working life (QWL) by allowing the workers greater influence andinvolvement in work and satisfaction obtained from work; and
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