The opportunity for workers to share, either directly or indirectly through elected representatives. in the decision-making process. Various degrees of participation may be identified according to the amount of influence that workers are allowed to exert. Thus, communication refers to the simple conveyance of information to workers either before or after decisions have been made. Consultation involves sounding out workers' opinions, usually before decisions are made. Co-determination refers to a system under which workers are able to participate in a joint decision-making process. Participation is often used as a synonym for industrial democracy.