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Question: How does the involvement of employee owners in ESOP companies in making various workplace decisions compare to employee involvement in non-ESOP companies?

Answer: Comparing ESOP vs non-ESOP workers, ESOP workers showed greater involvement in work organization, scheduling, and safety, but lower involvement in setting pay/benefits compared with the non-ESOP workers.

However, ESOP companies tend to take employee suggestions more seriously and make substantial changes based on employee inputs.

Overall, ESOP workers were satisfied with their level of influence on workplace decision making.