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. 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.
Empowerment can be considered to be many things by many different people but the following cannot be classified as empowerment. Although employee empowerment might sound simple and easy, many managers fail to be successful in it.
Empowerment is more of a privilege than a right. Only competent and efficient employees deserve to be empowered by their employers. Most companies are not expected by their employees to provide employee empowerment opportunities.
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. 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. The employee is expected have initiative and be decisive when it comes to doing their job but the management is also expected to encourage and allow employees enough freedom to do their work diligently.
Those that take employee empowerment seriously will see a great increase in the productivity levels while those that do not consider it of much importance won’t see much increase in productivity. 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. Experts and professionals highly advise against managers underestimating their employees as this normally proves to be a bad decision that negatively affects 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.