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Employee Silence

Employee silence means that workers withhold their opinions and concerns about potential organizational problems. There are two related approaches to studying this phenomenon. One approach focuses on the culture in which employees withhold their ideas due to a fear of negative repercussions or a belief that their opinions are not valued. The other approach focuses on the individual withholding voice or remaining silent as a personal response to an injustice. Although these two approaches differ in their level of conceptualization and focus, both define withholding as the core of employee silence. Additionally, both approaches identify reasons for and costs of such withholding and offer recommendations for policies and mechanisms aimed at encouraging employees to break their silence and exercise voice.

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