”Everybody’s talking at me”: The dynamics of information disclosure and consultation in high-skill workplaces in the UK
Danford, A., Durbin, S., Richardson, M., Tailby, S. and Stewart, P. (2009) ”Everybody’s talking at me”: The dynamics of information disclosure and consultation in high-skill workplaces in the UK. Human Resource Management Journal, 19 (4). pp. 337-354. ISSN 0954-5395
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00110.x
This article examines the dynamics of direct and indirect consultation processes in three high skill work establishments in the UK. Drawing on a mix of case study survey and interview data, it analyses the experiences and attitudes of predominantly well qualified professional employees. Adopting the concept of ‘embeddedness’ of employee consultation at the workplace level, we find that despite considerable breadth and depth of practice many employees remain dissatisfied with the extent of their individual and collective influence over management decision-making processes. Four underlying contributory factors are presented: extant hierarchical and bureaucratic management styles; the negative impact of work overload; the individualisation of consultation through computerisation; and the weakness of co-operative forms of union engagement.
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