Employee empowerment is vital for organizations

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					Employee empowerment is vital for organizations

An organization that believes in empowering its employees is bound to be a happier,
perhaps even a more profitable one. What is employee empowerment? As the term
denotes, it is empowering the employee to take decisions flexibly and in a less
bureaucratic manner.

An organization that facilitates employee empowerment is one that has given its
employees more choices in relation to stretching themselves at work. It does not believe
in laying out strict boundaries at work. Employee empowerment is different from
employee engagement to a degree, because while employee empowerment is about
actually giving employees the power to take decisions; employee engagement, while
making employees feel good about being part of the organization, does not necessarily
facilitate employee decision-making.

Why it is important?

Employee empowerment is very important for organizations for a number of reasons,
and all these contribute well to the company’s growth chart. When employees feel that
they are part of the decision process and that this decision has its rewards; it is natural
that they will associate themselves more strongly with the organization’s decision-
making, as well as its very culture.

Points of empowerment

An organization that believes in employee empowerment has to approach this area with
some points in mind. It should first decide which of its employees it must empower and
how much. This should perhaps be the first important point of empowerment, because
when there is no clarity about this point; the idea of empowerment falls flat. If the
employee who is not empowered to take decisions takes decisions; it can be disastrous.
Likewise, when employees who are empowered to take decisions don’t, it could be
equally bad for the company.

Moreover, the organization should also decide how much authority each empowered
employee carries. This should be clearly defined, and care should be taken to ensure
that employees neither overstep their authority nor fail to act when required to, for fear
of being censured or prosecuted.

The organization has to make clear what accrues from employees’ empowerment and
decision making. It should perhaps provide a clear list of do’s and don’ts. This will help
to avoid confusion as to the nature and extent of decision-making. Further, if the
organization provides a copy of its balance sheet to empowered employees, it will bring
about a sense of accountability, because it can show how much the company earned or
lost during empowerment.
Having given this list; the organization can take up training for its participating
employees. It can periodically train such empowered employees in various aspects of
decision-making. This will help such employees understand their role and the limits of
decision-making, as well as save the organization any problems from wrong