I was recently nominated to participate in an Employee Advisory Committee, at the place where I work, which began on Tuesday of this week. This committee is made up 18 individuals, from different departments, which are then broken into smaller groups to work on a 1 of 3 posed questions that upper management decides upon, for a 1-year term. Each team is to then take their question and put together a project presentation to present their findings from employee feedback and research on the topic to upper management. The information provided to management hopefully helps in their decision-making process to provide an action plan that best fits the needs of employees in all levels of the organization.
During my first two days of the kick-off meeting, it has been quite an interesting and fun experience! We each experienced:
- A presentation from our Chief of Staff Officer that provided us with a management overview of the organization of where we are and where we are headed.
- Listen to a few presentations from other senior managers
- Took a tour to learn more about our production line and how they build slot machines
- Enjoyed socializing with the committee members at a bowling event
Take-Aways From This Experience Thus Far:
- Face-to-Face: Several of the committee members I had sent e-mails/called, but to put a face makes it more personable and you can get to know them better
- Become More Aware: Understand the organization you work for better through management presentations, how your role plays a part in the organization, and how other people’s roles play a part in the organization
- Expand Your Network: By having a committee made up of several different people from several different departments, you now have a list of additional contacts and knowledge base to add to your network that you are able to communicate with and help you in your day-to-day job
- Share the Knowledge: Opportunity to ask upper management any question that was on our mind and get more of a one-on-experience by working in a smaller committee group size. This also allows you to take that knowledge back to your department and inform others what you have learned from the presentations and experience
- New Experiences: Work with new people that each have different views, diverse levels of experience, and different techniques/tools to bring to the table
Importance of Employee Feedback Sessions:
- Essential for an organizational success to tell & keep managers updated about the organizations SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
- Allows upper management to address issues/challenges
- Employees are the mediator between managers & customers, so this allows management to stay informed about customer-facing issues and ways to improve
- Allows the employee to help play a role in upper management decision-making
I am looking forward to this opportunity to learn more, on so many different levels, and grow more both as project manager and as a individual.
Have any of the organizations you have worked for ever had an employee advisory committee? What are your experiences/feedback from it?