The Hidden Benefits of Empowering Employees
There is a lot of evidence that empowering employees is directly linked with increased productivity. Not only that job satisfaction and loyalty to the company are also improved.
One thing is for sure, the success of your company is directly linked with the success of your employees. When your employees are successful, so is your company.
So, let’s get down to basics, shall we? What do we exactly mean when we say empowering employees?
Empowering employees is simply giving your employees more freedom and thereby making them more accountable in every task they handle. It means giving your team members and your employees permission to take decisions and actions that affect your company.
Now that we have some sort of idea about what exactly we mean when we are saying that we are empowering our employees, what exactly are its benefits?
1. More Productivity
This is one of the direct benefits of employee empowerment. Your employees become much more productive when they are involved in all the key decision-making issues.
You will never feel motivated to work for a company where you have little autonomy and are often ordered what to do, right? In the same way, your employees don’t really enjoy it when you order them to work on a certain project or work in a certain way.
When employees make decisions on their own, they generally achieve a sense of empowerment and not only increase their productivity but also improves the work environment with their positivity and energy.
2. Employee Satisfaction
It is a proven fact that when we make our own decisions, we tend to be more satisfied. Having an environment of accountability encourages your employees to take more decisions on their own. This trickles down into them being happy and satisfied. And of course, satisfied employees are likely to be more productive, energetic and more loyal.
When a project goes well, your employees feel a sense of accomplishment as they had autonomy over the project. This encourages your employees to take on even more bold decisions and projects in the future. When your employees are satisfied you automatically make a case for a dynamic employee branding.
3. Improved Employee Branding
One of the ways in which empowering employees can help directly is making a case for employee branding. When your brand is known for empowering its employees, you can make a great case for superior employee branding.
Wait, what is employee branding you ask?
The core idea of employee branding is that you have such a superior work culture that your employees act as brand ambassadors and present your company in the best light possible.
When employees feel empowered, your company becomes an ideal place to work for job seekers. Having a great employee brand serves various purposes. First of all your company becomes desirable for all the top talents. Also, since you have a bustling employee branding you don’t have to invest too heavily on recruitment processes. Making your company desirable also serves the purposes of reducing your employee attrition. Since your employees are already working for a desirable company, they are less likely to leave.
4. Flattening the Hierarchy
One of the hidden benefits of empowering your employees is flattening your hierarchy. In a flat hierarchy, there is little to no micro-managing. A flat structure can eliminate the excess management layers to improve communication and increase transparency in the workforce. Fewer management levels can improve productivity and decision making among your employees.
Of course, there is some risk of flat hierarchy too. There is a good chance for generalization and confusion if the desired results are not achieved. It becomes unclear as to who would be responsible for the failure of a certain project, the guy who worked on the content or the guy who worked on the voiceover, etc. What you need to do is understand the level of “flatness” you want. If you have a huge company, maybe going too flat might not be the best idea. If your company is small, then a flat hierarchy can give you optimum results.
5. Career Development
Career development is one of the most crucial factors for employees when they consider a job.
In fact, according to a 2018 survey, 75% of employees are looking for opportunities for skill development. Empowering your employees is one of the most efficient ways to develop their skills. Since they will be taking most of the decisions involving their work, it is likely that they would put extra effort into the project.
When employees are empowered, it gives them a sense of accountability and responsibility for developing their own skills. They usually go to lengths for optimizing their efforts and nailing their work. It is one less worry for the human resources department when employees are fueling their own skills and developing themselves.
The fundamental way of working is going through a continuous change. People no longer see their work as a way of earning money. They see it as a part of their lifestyle and obviously don’t like people bossing them around. Empowering employees is not a one day process but a perpetual one. You need to set it motion progressively and not with a giant leap.
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