‘Empowerment’ is often used when a leader is attempting to improve the employee engagement level. However, it may not yield the intended outcome if the execution is incorrect.
Generalising the concept of employee empowerment
Empowerment is not about letting employees decide and execute on irrelevant job activities like hosting the company’s picnic event. Rather, it is about giving them the ability to influence and to make decisions on important aspects of their jobs.
Changing empowered employee’s decision
Guide the empowered employees towards making better decisions, but withhold from changing their final decision if it doesn’t result in serious negative consequences. Doing so often would only weaken their self-confidence after claiming that you have empowered them.
Surrendering all responsibilities
There is a difference between empowerment and relinquishing responsibilities. When an empowered staff is punished for less-than-favourable results, it threatens their sense of security to make such decisions, thus affecting any future empowerment opportunity. Empowerment is not an excuse for the leader to not taking ownership of the issue.
The above excerpt is our compilation of ideas for business leaders in the areas of people management, leadership, and workplace happiness.
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