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How to Empower Employees

 

Three Parts:Being a Strong LeaderEncouraging EmployeesGoing the Extra MileQuestions and Answers

Employee empowerment is a term that describes an employee mindset of responsibility, accountability, capability, and autonomy. In terms of business, empowerment is the opposite of micromanagement. This is why it is beneficial for managers to empower employees, thus fostering employee reliability and a team-work environment. If you are interested in promoting employee empowerment in the workplace, you do not have to be a college business major to succeed at this task.

 

Part 1
Being a Strong Leader

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    Adopt traits of a good leader to promote employee empowerment. To empower your employees, you have to be a role model. If they don’t respect you or think you’re hypocritical or lazy, it’ll be hard for them to feel empowered by you. Here’s how to be a good role model for your employees:
    • Be accountable for what you say and do, and expect the same from your employees.
    • Listen to what your employees say.
    • Show sincerity when dealing with employees.
    • Be a good example of discipline.
    • Avoid taking credit for team accomplishments.
    • Communicate regularly and effectively.
    • Focus on positive, winning attitudes.
    • Keep asking "What are the key traits of highly effective leaders?" Make a list, build and develop those skills.
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    Delegate tasks clearly and concisely. Make sure there are no gray areas when assigning specific duties to specific employees. That way, employees will know exactly what is expected and there will be no room for passing the buck. Also, entrusting employees to responsibly complete a task improves their confidence and pride in their work.
    • If you tend to be a micromanager, you want to empower your employees by trusting them enough to let them work on their own.
    • Give employees more responsibilities so they will feel motivated to succeed. If they feel like they’ve been working at the same company for a long time without being given additional tasks or duties to perform, they will feel like they are not progressing.
    • When delegating tasks, make sure each employee knows exactly what is expected of him to avoid any future miscommunication.
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    Give up some of your power in favor of employee autonomy. When you feel more certain that your employees are skilled and dedicated enough to take responsibility for their own tasks, allow them more freedom in defining the methods by which they will accomplish those tasks. This makes their work feel more exciting and rewarding, since they’ll feel like they have more of a say in the work they do.
    • For example, if your ace marketing exec insists that telecommuting part-time would aid creativity and productivity, provide for that flexibility.
    • You can set routine meetings with your employees and check in with them about their progress without making them feel stifled.
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    Be friendly without being a friend. Though you should avoid being that “cool boss” who is too friendly with all of his employees, it doesn’t hurt to smile at your employees, make small talk to show you care about them on an individual basis. Don’t be that boss who is too busy to say hi to his employees, and who storms by looking busy and frazzled all the time; take time to make your employees feel cared for, no matter how busy you are.
    • If you want to empower your employees, you have to make them feel like you actually know each of them a bit. They’ll have a hard time wanting to do a good job if they feel like you don’t know who they are.
    • Get to know a little bit about each employee, such as the names and ages of their kids, their favorite things to do outside of work, or where they’re from. Asking about these small details will make them feel like you care.
    • If you are too busy to say hello to your employees, get to your office 15 minutes early every day. This will give you time to feel less frazzled when you walk into the office each morning, and to make more time for your employees.
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    Be respectful. To motivate employees, you have to respect them as human beings and employees. Give instructions in a respectful manner, don’t be rude and take time to acknowledge their questions or concerns before embarking on a new project. Also, be respectful of their time and don’t ask them to stay late