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Inside the meetings: The role of managerial attitudes in approaches to information and consultation for employees

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posted on 2021-11-01, 11:32 authored by Nadia K. Kougiannou, Adrian Wilkinson, TONY DUNDONTONY DUNDON
Managerial attitudes are often seen as critical to sustainable employee participation practices, yet very little is known about how managers act within employee voice fora. We examine managements decision to actively consult with employees, and by doing so contribute to industrial relations debates concerning the role of managerial prerogative and trust to better understand the attitudes of managers towards elected employee representatives. Using evidence from a two-year longitudinal study of non-union employee representation, we report on how managements perception of risk about sharing information with employee representatives influences their decision as to how to consult with employees. The findings show managers can be unwilling to share information with employee representatives, which constrains the depth and scope of consultation. The role of management decision-makers, typically the I&C fora Chairperson is highlighted as champion for, or obstacle to, consultation. Lastly, the data illustrates that I&C is viewed by management as a lower strategic organisational priority, and how extending worker voice is constrained by the importance management place on maintaining their presumed prerogative of control. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

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British Journal of Industrial Relations;pp.1-21

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Wiley and Sons Ltd

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peer-reviewed

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English

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