All business owners or managers dream of having 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. Open the lines going up.
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 employees’ improvement.
A lot of entrepreneurs are used to self-improvement, but not everyone is. And as an employer, you should invest in your workers’ professional as well as personal growth. Obviously, this will not only only benefit them, but you as well. They will feel happy and grateful for the new things they’ve learned as they step up to more opportunities.
3. Allow reasonable failure.
Nobody likes to work when the boss is always correcting them even before they get a chance to execute. In such a scenario, the worker’s natural tendency is to hesitate taking significant action. Be sure to give your employees ample room to make reasonable mistakes that they can learn from. This will let them innovate with more confidence.
4. Define worker roles clearly.
Workers can only perform well in your company if their roles are clearly defined. Also, this will let you avoid inefficiency by redundancy. Roles need to be well-established for all workers so they know what they have to do and what they should leave others to do. When everyone is making their own designated contributions, operations can run optimally.
5. Make them accountable.
People need to know if they’re satisfying expectations and not. If they don’t understand the consequences of failure, they will not to maintain accountability. And if others are not being held accountable, they will not work harder for success. Your measurement and reward system should be consistent and diligent so that your employees are always motivated to give 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.