Empowered employees are the dream of all business owners and managers. While possible, achieving this result requires concrete steps or measures. If you own or manage a company or small business, here are tips for empowering your staff and maximizing their productivity:
1. Open the lines going up.
When it comes to workplace issues, employees usually feel there is no purpose in taking a stand, thinking it won’t make a difference 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? Whenever they do, be sure to acknowledge their effort and reward them for any valuable inputs they provide.
2. Prioritize worker improvement.
While entrepreneurs may be accustomed to self-improvement, others aren’t always like that. And as an employer, you should be provide opportunities for your workers in terms of skills and personal development training. This will obviously not just be good for them, but for you as well. They will be glad and thankful for the new skills they’ve acquired as they level up to more opportunities.
3. Create a failure-safe environment.
No one appreciates working in an environment where the boss is always correcting them before they could even execute. In this scenario, the natural tendency of the worker is to hesitate taking any dynamic action. Be sure to give your employees ample room to make reasonable mistakes that they can learn from. 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 should be well-established for all employees so that everyone functions as they are expected to. With everyone working as they should, operations can be run hassle-free.
5. Require accountability
People have to know how they’re performing and whether or not they’re meeting expectations. Unless they know the consequences of failure, maintaining accountability is impossible. And if they see that others aren’t being held accountable, they will find no reason to put in more effort for success. Your measurement and reward system should be consistent and diligent so that your employees are always motivated to give their best.
6. Make them independent.
Your workers shouldn’t only have to work for you, but also grow while they do. So don’t keep checking on them like a babysitter. Instead, give them the chance to spread their wings and even lead others. They may face issues from time to time, but after each difficult experience, they will become wiser and more capable of helping your company reach its goals.