HRM proposal

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The reason for employee silence


In modern organization management, it becomes more and more important to make the employees to participate into whole company's strategies. At the same time, a problem called "employee silence" shows up. The conception of "employee silence" is the situations where employees withhold information that might be useful to the organization to which they are a part of whether intentionally or unintentionally. This can happen if employees do not speak up to a supervisor or manager. The problem is that in many cases, they choose the safe response of silence, withholding input that could be valuable to others or thoughts that they wish they could express. In the real-business world, there are a lot of vivid examples about the employee silence. Take the tragedy of Enron as an example, before Enron's bankruptcy; a lot of its employees had already realized the big financial crisis the company confronted with.

But most of them chose to keep silence instead of telling their boss. According to the testimony of Sherron Watkins, a vice president at the company, there was "a culture of intimidation at Enron where there was widespread knowledge of the company's shaky finances. "In fact employee silence is a very serious problem for organizations. So this paper we focus on discussing about the reasons and how the human resource managers to deal with the silence situations.

The purpose of this research

According to the conception of employee silence, we can see that this situation causes serious inverse effects to both the enterprises and the individual employees. For enterprises, the silences are bad for the diversity of the information the companies need for the financial strategies. Then as a result, it would have adverse influences for the accuracy and...