By: Ed Hoff
Employee empowerment has been defined in many ways but generally means the process of allowing employees to have input and control over their work, and the ability to openly share suggestions and ideas about their work and the organization as a whole. Empowered employees are committed, loyal and conscientious. They are eager to share ideas and can serve as strong ambassadors for their organizations. Below are ways to empower your employees.
Communicate in a straightforward and clear manner when speaking with your employees. Employees won’t have the chance to feel empowered if they don’t understand what they are supposed to be doing or why they are supposed to be doing it.
Tap into the talents of employees. Find out what each employee does well, in addition to what they enjoy doing. Try to assign tasks that will allow employees to enjoy their work and excel while doing it.
Coach your employees to success. Don’t manage your employees–coach them, instead. Provide them with feedback and encouragement so you can help them develop their skills and become a vested member of the team.
Give your employees positive reinforcement when they get it right. Employees are likely to second-guess their work if they don’t receive feedback about it. Let them know when they have done a great job. Evaluate the results of your empowerment techniques. Make it a part of your monthly review. See to it that you are doing everything you can do to empower your employees. Devise a quantifiable way to determine if they are responding to the techniques appropriately.