On 20th May, a workshop was held at the SPRI Auditorium in Bilbao under the title of: 'The Whys and Wherefores of How to Implement Employee Participation in a Company.'
With over 60 people in attendance, this workshop was the second in a series of the Innobideak Pertsonak programme, sponsored by the Basque Government, and which aims to promote employee participation in companies. The program's aims also include a host of awareness-raising initiatives and training on this topic and jointly developed by the Basque Government and SPRI, the Basque Development Agency.
Employee participation in a company is a concept on the rise in Euskadi, with a growing number of Basque companies undertaking processes to strengthen the role of individuals in the managing the business, its property, and profits.
This workshop was intended to assist attendees in clarifying concepts regarding employee participation. It was also intended that attendees learn about the practical experience of a number of Basque SMEs, who over the last year, have put in place measures to promote greater participation which would result in the increased competiveness of their companies. Those presenting their experiences with employee participation in their respective companies were: Joseba Gobela, Director General of AIRLAN S.A.; Iraitz Pérez de Goldarazena, CEO of OREKA IT; and Aitzol Alberdi, Manager of Alberdi Mekanizatuak.
The key goals of the session were to:
- Describe the main business reasons that lead to the implementation of employee participation.
- Share the experience of a number of Basque SMEs who have put such processes into place.
- Review the mechanisms of existing public sector support to encourage employee participation in Basque companies.
In his presentation, Manuel Vizán, Associate Consultant with B+I Strategy, reminded attendees of the benefits which employee-participation bring, the reasons for developing this type of model, and the necessary prerequisites for implementing employee participation, thereby resulting in organisational transformation.