With calls for greater transparency in organisations following numerous corporate scandals, enabling effective worker voice is crucial for keeping organisations honest. It’s also fundamental to driving better job quality in the context of changing forms of work.

Current approaches to employee voice tend to take a narrow perspective that does not consider individual needs, and is only taken into account if expressed through organisational mechanisms. However, people may use voice for their own purposes, such as building personal relationships and enhancing a sense of wellbeing, which exist outside official voice mechanisms and do not contribute directly to organisational goals.

This positioning paper explores alternative forms of voice and the implications for people management practice. We argue that traditional definitions of employee voice have been limited in their scope, and that understanding voice as a more holistic concept will enable organisations to create environments for people to have a meaningful voice at work.

Download the report below

Have your say: Alternative forms of workplace voice

Download the report
PDF document 216.6 KB

More on this topic

Bitesize research
Organisational and employee-focused voice: Why both matter

Researchers explore the differences between ‘organisational’ and employee-focused voice, how they impact employees and what managers can do to foster voice

For Members
Policy engagement
Calling for an Autumn Statement that drives economic growth and supports better work and working lives in the UK

Read the CIPD’s November 2023 submission to His Majesty’s Treasury

More reports

Menstruation and support at work

This report explores employees’ experiences of menstruation and menstrual health at work and details how employers can develop a supportive culture

Labour Market Outlook

Read our latest Labour Market Outlook report for analysis on employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions this autumn

People Profession 2023: International report

Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in the UK, Ireland, Asia-Pacific, MENA and Canada

People Profession 2023: Asia-Pacific report

Insight into how global issues are impacting people professionals in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore

See all reports