How To Treat Your Employees The Right Way
There have been very many different theories that have been introduced by corporates and businesses on how they can empower their employees with an end goal of making them more productive. 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. The firm’s vision and mission will be most likely met if the employees are empowered and in addition ensure the maximum productivity of the company.
Empowerment can be considered to be many things by many different people but the following cannot be classified as empowerment. 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. So many people however view empowerment as a right and consider it a necessity in every company.
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. Employee empowerment is simply letting your employees think for themselves. To some extent, the reasoning that empowerment comes from the employee and not the employer is true. I however believe that true empowerment comes from a continuous effort of the management and the employees in working together. 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.
If you do not place enough effort in empowerment, you will most likely not see any significant increase in productivity. In this day and era, employees that have not been empowered will only do what they are required to do and will never bother doing extra or putting in more effort. Experts and professionals highly advise against managers underestimating their employees as this normally proves to be a bad decision that negatively affects the company. Many companies fail to empower their employees even though it has been proven to be a very simple and straightforward task. Some of the ways that managements can effectively empower their employees are through encouraging them to have focus, encourage them to set goals for themselves, consistently train them, and also coach them. Employee empowerment should be included in the annual budget of a company as they will more often than not spend some money.