The involvement of trade unions and union and non-union employee representatives can provide a collective voice for all or part of your workforce.
Information and consultation requirements apply to all organisations with at least 50 employees. For more information see how to inform and consult your employees.
Trust, cooperation and information sharing are essential to the employee voice and the collective voice. Your approach to employee and collective voice should support each other.
A genuinely engaged workplace will be a foundation for the more formal process of involvement and consultation.
How to align your collective voice and employee voice
To align your collective voice with employee voice, you could:
- invite union and non-union representatives to presentations on business progress and performance before these briefings are given more widely to your employees - work effectively with trade unions
- invite representatives to become involved in meaningful discussions on a broader range of business topics beyond those formally agreed
- ask representatives to canvass their colleagues on ideas for improving your business or responding to a particular challenge
- invite representatives to presentations on the results from employee surveys and ask them to work with you on plans to address any issues