How To Empower Your Employees
There are so many different theories about ways of empowering employees to ensure maximum productivity. The business and corporate world has for a very long time placed a huge importance in empowerment of employees. Empowered employees are more often than not very efficient in doing their tasks and require very minimal supervision. A company with empowered staff members is assured greater productivity in the long run while at the same time ensures commitment to the firm’s main mission and vision.
I would like to explain to you things that go contrary to empowerment before I dive on what empowerment entails. Although employee empowerment might sound simple and easy, many managers fail to be successful in it.
It is wrong to consider empowerment a right instead of a privilege. The staff should consider being empowered by the management of the company only after they have proved to be competent and efficient. However, many have argued that empowerment opportunities should be a right for every employee.
Employee empowerment has also been defined as the process of giving your employees enough freedom to make decisions in their area of expertise as they see fit without scrutiny and penalty. Letting your employees think for themselves and make their own decisions is referred to as employee empowerment. Some individuals have been heard arguing that empowerment comes from the employee and not the employer and I find it true to some extent. To me, true empowerment comes about when both the management in a company and the employees work in tandem in order to make the company a success. The management should always encourage their employees and give them space to do their duties efficiently and the employees should work diligently and have initiative to take control of their work.
If you do not place enough effort in empowerment, you will most likely not see any significant increase in productivity. In this day and era, employees that have not been empowered will only do what they are required to do and will never bother doing extra or putting in more effort. When the management underestimates their employees, they stand to get work that has been done halfheartedly and more often than not end up being at a loss. Many companies fail to empower their employees even though it has been proven to be a very simple and straightforward task. Employees will more often than not feel empowered if the management of the company consistently trains and coaches them, encourages them to set their own personal and work goals, and encourage them to always focus on their daily tasks. The company should therefore expect to spend some money on employee empowerment and should include it in their annual budget.