Involvement and Influence


Being involved in the decision-making process provides us with the opportunity to influence decisions - this creates a sense of ownership and accountability.  Collectively, our unique ideas and viewpoints often lead to more creative and agreeable solutions. This is a video created by Ottawa Public Health and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and adapted with permission from Mindful Employer Canada. (time - 4:12)

Organizations frequently change internal and external processes to improve efficiency and adapt to new environments (change management). It is important to remember that these decisions can impact employees, units, or the workplace as whole. When possible, we need to provide all key stakeholders with an opportunity to influence the decision by allowing them to voice their ideas and concerns. By viewing a problem from all angles, we often come up with more creative and agreeable solutions. When we are involved throughout the process, we are engaged, possess a greater sense of ownership and accountability, and feel empowered.  

What can I do as a manager or supervisor? 

  • Create or proceed with a culture of openness 
  • Provide opportunities for feedback and input
    • Individual consultations
    • Team meetings
    • Surveys
    • Suggestion box
  • Be transparent and define the parameters that will influence the decision
  • Provide on-going and timely updates; inform parties of final decisions as soon as possible
  • Provide adequate training and resources to implement changes  
  • Don't underestimate the power of influence - lead by example 

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