Employees are undoubtedly the backbone of any business. Unless they are happy and productive, the business cannot grow. There are varied factors that make employees satisfied and commit themselves to their job. They can be money, appreciation or, for that matter, a promotion. One such factor is ‘Empowerment’. Empowering your employees enables them to take decisions about their work without waiting for your instructions. It is about encouraging them to take full responsibility for their work, thus, improving their involvement in the overall success of your business.
However, empowerment does not mean giving absolute freedom to the employees to make decisions about their work. It means creating an atmosphere where employees have freedom to work on what they are capable of without managerial interference. In this, your role as a manager or a leader is critical. You should know your subordinates’ strengths and weaknesses, assign the tasks accordingly and provide continual support to improve their weaknesses.
Here are a few suggestions to create an atmosphere that helps your employees to take up more responsibilities and work enthusiastically:
Encourage Them to Take Initiatives: Empowered employees show enthusiasm and responsibility to take initiatives. If your employees hesitate to take initiatives, that means they do not feel empowered. They feel insecure to take decisions on their own because they are afraid of the consequences if their decisions go wrong. To avoid this, you should convey to your employees that you are okay with some mistakes. Besides, give power to the employees who demonstrate leadership.
Provide Them with Training: Plan training for your employees whenever you feel that they need to learn new skills to handle the new challenges. This will make them confident about the outcomes of their decisions and actions.
Involve Them in the Decision Making Process: Employees expect to be part of the system. They feel empowered when you involve them in the decision making process. In addition, ensure that information flows two-way. Take inputs from your employees and share liberally with them the information relating to their work.
Exhibit Confidence in Your Employees: Do not sound doubtful or less-confident about your employees’ decisions. Your employees can sense and step back on their decisions. They may not be willing to share their ideas with you in the future if they think you are not confident.
Do the Least Amount of Supervision: There are managers who feel that employees cannot perform well unless they are instructed at every stage. Thus, they resort to micromanagement. This will only make your employees indifferent to taking initiatives. So do not indulge in micromanagement. Instead, provide guidance whenever necessary and let your employee do the rest.
Thus, creating an environment in which employees can empower themselves to fulfill their responsibilities helps managers reap huge benefits. They can achieve more with minimal supervision.
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