All business owners or managers desire empowered employees. While this is always possible, concrete steps must be taken to achieve this result. As a business owner or manager, you can use the following tips to help you empower your workers and maximize their productivity:
1. Nurture a culture of open communication.
When it comes to issues in the workplace, most employees think it’s useless making a stand, believing they will hardly make an impact anyway. Rather than allowing this belief to flourish and demotivate your staff, why not provide structured ways for them to make thoughts and feelings known to you? Every time they do, make sure you acknowledge them for sharing and reward them for any valuable inputs.
2. Invest in your workers’ improvement.
While entrepreneurs may be accustomed to self-improvement, others aren’t always like that. And being an employer, part of your responsibility is investing in your workers’ professional and personal development. This will obviously not just be good for them, but for you as well. They will be grateful and happy for what they have learned as they move on to bigger leadership opportunities.
3. Allow reasonable failure.
No one appreciates working in an environment where the boss is always correcting them before they could even execute. When this happens, the worker will begin to hesitate taking any dynamic action. Create a culture in your company that allows people to make reasonable mistakes. This allows them to innovate more confidently.
4. Define worker roles clearly.
Unless your workers completely understand their role in your company, you can’t expect them to perform well. Also, this will let you avoid inefficiency by redundancy. Roles should be well-established for each worker so everyone would know what they should and shouldn’t do. With everyone working as they should, operations can be run hassle-free.
5. Require accountability
People should know how they’re doing, and whether they are meeting expectations or not. Accountability cannot be maintained if there is no complete understanding of the effects of failure. And if they see that others aren’t being held accountable, they will find no reason to put in more effort for success. By implementing your measurement and reward system with consistency and diligence, your workers will be motivated to do their best.
6. Allow independence.
You want your employees to not only work for you but also grow as they do. So acting like a babysitter, constantly checking on them, will not be very productive. Instead, let them explore their own capabilities and fly. They may have problems along the way, but by rising up each they fall, they will learn a lot, and this learning will of course benefit both themselves and your company.