How To Empower Your Employees
There are so many different theories about ways of empowering employees to ensure maximum productivity. Empowerment is a very popular topic especially in the business and corporate world. Empowered employees are more often than not very efficient in doing their tasks and require very minimal supervision. This will in turn ensure productivity is increased in the long term and in the short term ensures that the firm’s main mission and vision are met.
Empowerment can be considered to be many things by many different people but the following cannot be classified as empowerment. Most managers that fail to empower their employees do so mainly because they lack a proper understanding of employee empowerment.
Empowerment is considered a privilege and not a right. Most often than not, employers decide to empower employees that are hardworking, competent, and focused on their tasks. Most companies are not expected by their employees to provide employee empowerment opportunities.
In addition to giving your employees broad guidelines, employee empowerment is regarded as also giving them the space to make the decisions that as they see fit. In short, it lets employees think for themselves. Some individuals have been heard arguing that empowerment comes from the employee and not the employer and I find it true to some extent. My own belief of empowerment is that true empowerment comes when both the employees and the management in the company work together in order to realize the company’s vision and mission. Both the management and the employees need to work in tandem in that, the employees should be decisive and take control of their work and the management should be willing to let the employees do their work as well as encourage them.
There will most likely be no increase in productivity if you fail to put effort when it comes to employee empowerment. Empowered employees more often than not do more than what is required of them and put in more effort while on the other hand, employees that have not been empowered will only do the bare minimum before checking out. You should never underestimate your employees as doing so will more often than not bring negative results to the company. Many companies fail to empower their employees even though it has been proven to be a very simple and straightforward task. Training your employees consistently, coaching them, encouraging them to set goals for themselves, and encouraging them to focus on their daily tasks are some of the ways company managements can use to empower their employees. This will more often than not require the management to therefore spend some money in order to ensure those tasks have been done.