Four out of ten (41%) British employees feel that they do not have sufficient influence in the company where they work

In order for an employee to feel fulfilled at work, they must also feel they have some level of influence at their workplace. This also positively serves the employer as collaboration often breeds innovative ideas.

However, research from global payroll and HR services provider, SD Worx, found that 41% of British employees indicate that they do not have sufficient say in the organisation they work for. When comparing this figure to the rest of Europe, the UK is average with the Netherlands (31%) and Luxembourg (38%) scoring better and Belgium ranking the worst with 56% of unheard employees.


Source: SD Worx

Graph 1: % employees indicating to have insufficient impact in their organisation

The size of the organisation determines the influence and the connection the employee has

The size of the organisation plays an important role in the level of satisfaction British employees feel. Unsurprisingly the study found, the larger the organisation, the lower the employee influence and the less control and confidence they have in the direction the organisation is taking. In smaller companies with up to 100 employees, over a third (34%) of employees are dissatisfied, whereas almost half (49%) of the employees in organisations with more than five hundred employees are dissatisfied.

The size of the organisation also determines the strength of the relationship between the employer and its employees. The larger the organisation, the greater the disparity between both parties. While 65% of employees in companies with up to one hundred employees still feel involved, this percentage goes down to 52% in organisations with more than five hundred employees.

Having an influence and having confidence in management are closely linked

The level of satisfaction employees feel with regard to the impact they have in the organisation is strongly linked to the confidence they have in the management of the company. The more open the communication is the more employees support the organisation’s strategy, and the more they have influence.


Source: SD Worx

Graph 2. Consistency between employees’ opportunities to have a say and their confidence in management

Doug Sawers, Managing Director SD Worx UK & Ireland, explains the results of the study: “While personalisation in the relationship between employer and employee is increasing, and employees are more and more in control of their own career, better able to manage their own job, it transpires that their real influence in the companies they work for remains very limited. This is clearly a missed opportunity for employers, with international studies showing that employees who have more influence are more engaged, motivated and committed. Such actively engaged employees clearly constitute greater real economic value for the company. The study suggests therefore that it is in the interests of companies to give employees a sufficient say and increase their influence in decision-making processes. This can be done, for example, by creating smaller focus groups, making communication more direct, and cooperation more transparent, so enabling good ideas to turn into positive action more immediately.”