What are the Advantages of Getting Committees?

Just like most groups, a committee consists of individuals. But traditionally, committee members are appointed by an organization because of their differing views and experiences which are expected to be utilized to perform specific functions.

Of course, these functions are predetermined by the organization, but the outcomes are likely to be unique and expected to be neutral and fair. Perhaps, this is the main reason why committees are built. But they definitely come with advantages as shown below:

Professional development and acquisition of leadership skills: 

Committee is a veritable forum for training and educating future and aspiring managers and supervisors. Working with the skilled members coming from a wide variety of professions help them widen their views and open to new possibilities. And when they are able to prove themselves as good decision makers they manage to send the signal to their employers of their potentials in leadership position. In brief, by serving within committees, the employees can learn and develop the ability to objectively and critically analyze, and solve organizational problems which later gives them the chance to climb the corporate ladder.

Facilitation of coordination: 

Participation in committee activities or meetings promotes mutual understanding between high brass administrators and their employees. In fact, committee meetings can be taken as an important tool supervisors can use to coordinate the activities of the organization because such meetings draw together employees and managers from different departments.  However, effective coordination via committee meetings requires the presence of important stakeholders. For example in a hospital where a health committee is established, such coordination according to a circular from British medical journal cannot be achieved unless the committee includes proper representation of the medical professionals from the relevant areas or fields.

Pooling of knowledge and experience: 

Since members for the committee are chosen from various departments, it becomes easy to see the problem they are working on from multi lenses. The recommendations they generate can have similar effect because of the diverse knowledge and experiences establishing how they would influence the different departments of the organization. This to us is a sign of enhanced decision-making process.

Liaison body:

At some point in an organization where decision made is likely to affect some group of employees, the company committee can stand in the gap as a mediator between the company and the employees to overcome pressure, resistance or actions that is capable of putting both the management and employees at loggerhead. For example in a company planning to lay-off some staff, the committee can help assuage any unpleasant reactions from the affected employees.

Improved employees morale and motivation:

Having representatives for employees in a committee serves as a morale booster and also helps  create in them a sense of belonging. Employees are eager to execute decisions made by an organization when they have participated actively in the decision making process.

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