statement5Peer involvement can be stimulated in a number of ways, namely by promoting an environment that:

  • Encourages respectful, active listening and the sharing of ideas, suggestions and complaints
  • Promotes mutual feedback (which can generate diminishing levels of anxiety and increasing levels of trust and self-confidence)
  • Uses peer work as a tool for participation, turning personal experiences into valuable professional contributions.

Target group participants can also be involved throughout the different stages of the WIP:

  • The co-design of rules and processes
  • Daily decision making
  • The discussions and planning of any significant shifts that need to be introduced in the WIP
  • The definition of work procedures and job rotation, depending on one’s abilities.

High levels of participation will contribute to the overall quality and performance of the WIP, and guarantee the participants’ motivation. In addition, peer participation contributes to their skills development.

Through participation, target group participants will become increasingly more empowered. They will be more self-conscious, more self-confident and, importantly, they will be taking steps towards their self-sufficiency – each according to his/her own possibilities. With greater empowerment comes greater responsibility: this means that empowerment involves making people responsible not only for their own result, but also for the project.