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functionally heterogeneous teams.

Employee Morale
Employees that are given a voice in the operation of the company feel personally liable for the success of the company. The staff morale remains at a high level because there is an appreciation for the chance to be part of the company decision-making process. Employees will also take a more active role in improving the work conditions when they know that they can directly affect the policies that govern the workplace.

Encourages Creative Solutions
When you encourage employees to give their opinions on company issues, you will get a variety of solutions to choose from. To be involved in the decision-making process for the company, the staff must be intimately involved in how the company operates. Participative leadership empowers employees to use their creativity to develop more productive work processes and make the company more efficient.

Increases Employee Retention
A participative style of leadership offers employees more than just the opportunity to improve their income through good performance. It gives your staff members the chance to be active in determining the future success of the company. Allowing employees to be active in the growth of the organization encourages those employees to stay with the company to see their plans result in success. This will improve employee retention and cut down on the costs of turnover.

Decreases Competition, Increases Collaboration
It’s common in office environments for workers to be competitive, especially high achievers. While a competitive spirit can boost productivity, excessive competitiveness can cause cutthroat tactics, backstabbing and other disruptive behavior. When employees are included in decision-making, however, the environment often becomes one of collaboration instead. Rather than seeing their peers as competitors, workers see their coworkers as associates working towards common goals that will benefit everyone.

Choosing Level of Participation
Between the autocratic management style-where management makes all the decisions and tells subordinates what to do-and a style where employees make all the decisions, which is often called delegation style, there are other styles with varying levels of allowing employees to participate in decision making.