Can I change my participation plan? A business perspective on altering the participation plan.

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Oct 22, 2023 1:51:02 PM

Introducing a participation plan where employees become co-owners of the company can be an effective strategy to increase employee engagement, motivation, and business success. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to modify the participation plan to accommodate changing needs, goals, or circumstances. In this blog post, we will discuss the business perspective on changing a participation plan when employees have become co-owners.

Evaluation of the current plan

Before considering changing a participation plan, it is important to thoroughly evaluate the current plan. Analyze the objectives, structure, terms, and benefits of the existing plan. Identify strengths and areas that may need improvement. This will help determine the specific changes needed to make the participation plan more effective.

Communication and employee engagement

When considering changing the participation plan, it is crucial to have open communication with your employees. Explain the reasons and objectives of the proposed changes and allow employees to voice their opinions and ask questions. By involving them in the process, you increase their engagement and create a sense of ownership.

Legal and tax implications

Changing a participation plan may have legal and tax implications. Share Council is happy to help ensure that the proposed changes comply with laws and regulations and to explain potential consequences for employees and the company.

Aligning objectives and expectations

Adjusting a participation plan provides the opportunity to better align the objectives and expectations of the company and the employees. If the original plan did not yield the desired results, you can use the changes to reconsider the incentives and rewards. Make sure the revamped plan is appealing and addresses the needs and motivation of the employees.

Training and guidance

If you decide to make changes to the participation plan, ensure that employees receive adequate training and guidance to understand the new plan. This includes providing clear information about the changes, explaining the new terms, and addressing any questions. By keeping employees well-informed, you minimize misunderstandings and ensure a smooth transition.

Monitor and evaluate the impact

After implementing the changes, it is essential to monitor and evaluate the impact of the revised participation plan. Analyze the results, measure employee engagement and satisfaction, and see if the set goals are being achieved. If necessary, you can make further adjustments to optimize the participation plan and continue to meet the needs of employees and the company.


In conclusion, as a business owner, it is possible to adjust a participation plan when employees have become co-owners through a STAK (Stichting Administratiekantoor). Thorough evaluation, open communication, legal and tax considerations, alignment of objectives and expectations, training and guidance, as well as monitoring and evaluation are essential steps to successfully implement changes. By adapting the participation plan to the changing needs and goals of the company, you can optimize the benefits of employee participation and increase employee engagement and motivation.

If you're looking to navigate changes in your participation plan as employees transition into co-owners, Share Council is here to assist. Book a call with the CEO of Share Council today and harness the full potential of employee participation, driving enhanced engagement and motivation.