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Voice matters: why HR should listen to employee voice?

Swati Singh (School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India)
Sita Vanka (School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 11 October 2019

Issue publication date: 16 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of the employee voice in the present era. This paper discusses the drawbacks of not attending to employee voice, benefits of listening to it and strategies, as well as the methods of capturing the voice of employees.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses illustration to explain how Cisco used employee voice to revamp its HR.

Findings

The research on this area indicates that although listening to employee voice is beneficial, most organizations ignore it. The findings suggest that the voice of employee cannot be ignored in the technology-led era, as employees have many platforms to raise their concerns. Additionally, ignoring their voice can be perilous. Attending to employee voice brings many advantages, and thus it should be prioritized, promoted and practiced. The paper carries implications for HR managers, business leaders and researchers in this field.

Originality/value

This paper uniquely discusses the significance of employee voice in the present era. It also presents the strategies and methods to capture employee voice. Furthermore, it demonstrates the benefits of attending to employee voice with the help of an illustration.

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Citation

Singh, S. and Vanka, S. (2019), "Voice matters: why HR should listen to employee voice?", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 268-271. https://doi.org/10.1108/SHR-04-2019-0026

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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