Employee voice is the means by which employees communicate views on their employment and organisation to their employer. Many factors contribute to effective employee voice, including organisational culture, healthy employee relations and clear communication. For employers, effective voice contributes toward innovation, productivity and business improvement; for employees, it often results in increased job satisfaction, greater influence and better opportunities for development.
This factsheet explores what constitutes employee voice and the different perspectives and purposes of voice initiatives in an organisation. It looks at the legislative background to employee voice and the UK's position in relation to its European neighbours. It also outlines the different mechanisms by which voice initiatives can be implemented in an organisation through upward problem solving and representative participation. Finally, it takes a closer look at the benefits effective employee voice can bring to an organisation and its workforce.