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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. The idea of empowerment is often regarded as very advantageous to a business simply because many empowered employees are very efficient in doing their work and require very minimal oversight and micromanagement. 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. Most managers that fail to empower their employees do so mainly because they lack a proper understanding of employee empowerment.

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. So many people however view empowerment as a right and consider it a necessity in every company.

Employee empowerment can also be summed up as letting your employees make their own decisions regarding their work in addition to giving them set and broad guidelines. In short, it lets employees think for themselves. To some extent, the reasoning that empowerment comes from the employee and not the employer is true. 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. 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. Even though employee empowerment is simple, many companies and corporations fail to implement it in its strategies. 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. This will more often than not require the management to therefore spend some money in order to ensure those tasks have been done.

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