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How To Empower Your Employees

In this day and era, there are numerous theories and discussions about how employers can increase the productivity of their employees through empowering them. One of the major and most discussed philosophies in the business world is empowerment. The idea is simple and states that if you make sure your employees feel appreciated and valued, they will more often than not work harder and more efficiently and will very rarely need supervision in order to carry out their tasks. 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.

There are many things that can be considered empowering by employees but first let us talk about those things that empowerment isn’t. 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. Only competent and efficient employees deserve to be empowered by their employers. 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 often argued that employers cannot empower their employees simply because empowerment comes from the employees. I however believe that true empowerment comes from a continuous effort of the management and the employees in working together. 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. Employees that are not empowered will only do the bare minimum before packing their stuff and going home. You should never underestimate your employees as doing so will more often than not bring negative results to the company. The funny thing is that employee empowerment is very easy to implement yet not many companies are doing so. 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. The company should therefore expect to spend some money on employee empowerment and should include it in their annual budget.