Employee empowerment has gained more attention over the last few years than any other issue in management. Unfortunately, most companies treat it as an often mentioned buzzword with no real action to back it up instead of a philosophy that guides business direction and operation. In a survey conducted by Rapt Media, only 32% of US employees feel engaged at work. With this alarming statistic in mind, this post will aim to outline some solutions to empower employees and help them understand their importance to the company.
Knowledge is power. Explain why a decision was made to employees. This will allow them to understand the behind-the-scene workings of the company.
Share Vision & Goals
Lay out a clear vision for the company and the goals associated with it. Doing so will show employees where the company is headed and what needs to be done to get there. This gives a big picture outlook to employees that may not always see the impact their role has.
It is critical that you don’t micromanage your employees. This will cause them to form a dependence on you, leading to a lack of initiative and creative thinking. You should serve as a guide while allowing them to make their own decisions on certain duties. While failure isn’t always ideal, it may be necessary in developing and building a strong employee.
Another statistic from the Rapt Media survey shows that 35% of employees feel their company doesn’t care about them. One way to show you care about your employees is by rewarding them when they do something good. When they accomplish a task, offer advice for company improvement or develop a new skill you should make sure that they feel appreciated as a worker and as a person.
Make it clear to employees what their role in the organization is and explain their importance. Some people, especially those in minor roles, may feel their work has no real impact. It is up to you to show their significance.
Present New Opportunities & Challenges
Give employees new opportunities to develop their skills. You will be improving the growth potential of the company. When someone feels that they are in a dead-end job, find a way that allows them to take the next step in their career. An employee is more likely to work hard when they are working for something.
If you take these actions with your employees, you will begin to engage and empower at all levels of the organization. This is crucial as you need employees that are on the same page and willing to take the next step and if you want yourself and company to do the same.
Want to know some more ways that you can motivate your employees? Check out one of our previous posts on the subject here.