Employee empowerment

Employee empowerment: definition and benefits

Employee Empowerment means giving employees a certain degree of autonomy and responsibility in making decisions concerning their area of expertise within the company. In no case, special rights are equivalent to a lack of control by superiors. Nor is the mere ability to work independently enough to receive this type of authority.

A leader in a company differs from a manager in the time they spend constantly micromanaging. If your employees can work independently, you can focus on other important aspects of the business. This brings significant benefits to both employees, the team and the company as a whole.

Empowering your employees allows you to make more informed decisions at a lower level of the company hierarchy, where employees are faced with these issues and problems every day and have unique views on how to solve them.

The benefits of employee empowerment

Empowered employees usually perform better and are more loyal to the company.

When you provide employees with tools and resources to manage their project, handle issues and perform to reach their goals, benefits are there not only for the employee, but for the whole company. To name a few:

  • going the extra mile;
  • following the best practices;
  • increasing productivity;
  • communicating more efficiently;
  • increasing flexibility in adapting to change;
  • switching to a “can do” attitude;
  • providing better customer service.
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