The works council as a source of inspiration

The works council as a source of inspiration

“Legally speaking, the works council has a greater degree of influence than the shareholders. Works councils simply do not exercise their rights as much as they could,” said Huub Willems, the departing chairman of the Enterprise Section, in an article in the Volkskrant on 23 June 2009. In order to fully utilise their rights, and to play a part in important debates, works councils need to change their working methods. The key is not to wait until the management comes up with its plans, but to proactively develop a vision for the future of the organisation. Based on its own vision, the works council can then develop initiatives and assess the plans of the management more incisively. It is essential that experts both inside and outside the organisation are involved: asking experts to study the issues, pulling together all the findings, and then presenting it as a unified whole that sends out a coherent message. That will make the works council the vibrant hub for intensive communication about new ideas and a source of inspiration for both employees and management.

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