By Todd B Bavol
Are you empowering your employees? By empowering employees, you help them to feel as though they are an important part of the success of the business. Not only does this allow you to take some of the heat off you as the manager or the employer, but it also gives your business the opportunity to grow and do well. To foster a positive work environment, you do need to empower your employees. To do that, consider the following tips.
#1 – Give Your Employees Time
One of the things you can do to empower employees is to simply give them time with you. As the business leader, it is up to you to form a relationship with each of your staff members. By doing this, you ensure that individual feels comfortable enough to come to you and to discuss things with you. That could be on-the-job problems or career goals.
#2 – Give Responsibilities
One of the biggest things employers do not do is to give employees enough responsibility. When you give responsibilities, you encourage and even challenge your team to learn and grow. Not only do you accomplish more with your team, but you get to benefit from the job skills and abilities of those individuals. It also helps to empower employees so they feel like they are critically important to your organization.
#3 – Let Them Make Decisions
Who makes the decisions in your business? If it is only you as the business leader, think again. Give your employees the ability to make decisions and you will see they take pride in doing so. Not only that but they can learn more about your business and work towards becoming a business leader themselves. That means your business can grow and expand.
#4 – Let Them Think Critically
Another step to take is to allow your employees to think critically and creatively. In other words, allow them to provide you with ideas. As the business leader, encourage your team to communicate with you about what is happening, what can be done to improve things, and what is going well.
#5 – Provide Feedback
As a business leader, it is also your job to coach and train your employees. At the same time, you need to provide ongoing feedback so they know where they stand. Those who are told what to do and taught to do it will perform better.
Are you empowering employees enough? If not, make a few changes and watch your employees grow and become diverse in the process. It will benefit your business.
Todd Bavol is the President and CEO of Integrity Staffing Solutions. Integrity Staffing Solutions is a national staffing firm assisting individuals and corporations in making the right employment fit. To view job openings in Warehouse, Professional and Administrative positions, visit the Integrity Staffing Solutions web site at http://www.integritystaffing.com.