Figuring Out Businesses
All business owners or managers dream of having empowered employees. Although possible, concrete efforts should be taken to produce this result. As a business owner or manager, you can use the following tips to help you empower your workers and maximize their productivity:
1. Nurture a culture of open communication.
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.
While entrepreneurs may be accustomed to self-improvement, others aren’t always like that. And being an employer, part of your responsibility is investing in your workers’ professional and personal development. 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. Allow reasonable failure.
No one appreciates working in an environment where the boss is always correcting them before they could even execute. In such a scenario, the worker’s natural tendency is to hesitate taking significant action. Create a culture in your company that allows people to make reasonable mistakes. This way, they will be bolder and more comfortable innovating.
4. Define each role clearly.
If your workers don’t fully understand their role in your company, they won’t be able to do it very well. This also helps prevent redundancy and the resulting inefficiency. 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. 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 others are not being held accountable, they will not work harder for success. Implement your measurement and reward system consistently and diligently so your workers stay motivated to do well.
6. Allow independence.
Your workers shouldn’t only have to work for you, but also grow while 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 encounter problems every now and then, but allowing them to rise deal with these on their own will make them wiser and better equipped to perform their roles.