What is Employee Empowerment?

It is a wrong impression that employees are only allowed to follow what their superiors and the CEO dictate, when in reality employee empowerment has become a norm in the workplace.

Employee empowerment has to do with enabling or authorizing certain employees to think, behave, take action, and control the work in the office. This empowered employee could also decide on autonomous matters.

The organization is responsible in creating a work environment that helps foster the ability and desire of employees to act in empowered ways. The Human Resources department could also remove barriers that would limit the staff from acting in empowered ways.

Example of employee empowerment

The manager of the organization’s Human Resources department added weeks into the hiring process by having "empowered" staff members obtain his signature on every document related to the hiring of a new employee. Another example is when an employee discusses the career objectives he wishes to pursue with his supervisor.

What employee empowerment is not

Employee empowerment in human relations is not about what one individual does for another. It is a mistake to think that a supervisor has to "bestow" empowerment on the people who report to him. This results with the employees "waiting" for being bestowed with empowerment, while the manager asks why they would not act in empowered ways.

 
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