All business owners or managers desire empowered employees. While possible, achieving this result requires concrete steps or measures. As a business owner or manager, you can use the following tips to help you empower your workers and maximize their productivity:
1. Be open.
When it comes to issues affecting the workplace, most employees think it’s useless to make a stand, believing they won’t make an impact anyway. Instead of letting them continue with this belief, why not create a system that lets them express what’s on their mind? Each time they do, make sure you let them know that you appreciate it, and that any valuable inputs will be rewarded.
2. Prioritize worker 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. Clearly, this won’t only benefit them, but even you. They will be grateful and happy for what they have learned as they move on to bigger leadership opportunities.
3. Create a failure-safe environment.
Nobody likes to work when the boss is always correcting them even before they get a chance to execute. In this scenario, the natural tendency of the worker is 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 each role clearly.
Unless your workers completely understand their role in your company, you can’t expect them to perform well. This also helps prevent redundancy and the resulting inefficiency. 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. With everyone working as they should, operations can be run hassle-free.
5. Make them accountable.
People should know how they’re doing, and whether they are meeting expectations or not. If they don’t understand the consequences of failure, they will not to maintain accountability. 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. Make them independent.
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, give them the chance to spread their wings and even lead others. 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.