All business owners or managers dream of having empowered employees. Although possible, concrete efforts should be taken to produce this result. If you own or manage a company or small business, here are tips for empowering your staff and maximizing 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? Every time they do, make sure you acknowledge them for sharing and reward them for any valuable inputs.
2. Invest in your workers’ improvement.
A lot of entrepreneurs are used to self-improvement, but not everyone is. 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 glad and thankful for the new skills they’ve acquired as they level up to more opportunities.
3. Let them feel safe when they fail.
Nobody likes to work when the boss is always correcting them even before they get a chance to execute. When this happens, the worker will begin to hesitate taking any dynamic 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.
If your workers don’t fully understand their role in your company, they won’t be able to do it very well. As well, they need to know their limits so they don’t end up creating inefficiency through 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 have to know how they’re performing and whether or not they’re meeting expectations. 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. Implement your measurement and reward system consistently and diligently so your workers stay motivated to do well.
6. Make them independent.
You want your employees to not only work for you but also grow as they do. Thus, checking on them all the time like a babysitter is counterproductive. 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.