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Empowerment in the Workplace: Enable Your Employees

Empowerment in the Workplace May 11, 2017 / Annika Rautakoura

What does it mean to enable your employees? How does enabling your employees help them perform better and integrate them into the company mission more effectively?

Empowerment is based on the idea that providing employees with the resources, authority, opportunity and motivation to do their work, as well as holding them accountable for their actions, will make employees happier and more proficient.

In other words, allowing employees to take leadership of their roles results in high impact and positive long-term effects for the company and individuals. When companies provide employees with enough support individually and professionally, they also integrate employees more closely into the company mission.

Why is empowerment in the workplace so important?

It impacts results

Companies that empower employees experience better financial rewards and outperform competitors. When it is made easy for employees to learn and improve as easily as possible, employee productivity soars and organizations can outperform competition.

Related: Engaging Employees in a Knowledge-based Economy

It keeps employees engaged and happier

Engaged employees will impact the bottom line and give their best at work. Providing enough support and guidance, while listening to individual needs and believing in everyone’s know-how, can help employees be assured that they are being treated as individuals.

Engaging employees to their work is about providing employees with the information they need to succeed. This can mean having shared technology in place and providing important company and industry content which employees can share either internally or externally.

Happy and engaged employee

It allows personal growth

You should be helping your employees brand themselves and grow professionally and personally, if you wish to retain your top talent and encourage employees to have a positive bond to your brand. Supporting employees’ personal branding efforts by encouraging them to network professionally, share content and build their thought leadership is good for both the company and its individuals. 

It’s good for branding

Employees who feel empowered and in charge of their work will gladly advocate their work and the employer to their social networks. Employees who share company content on social media, recommend their for open positions and spread the good word around can do wonders for your employer brand. Positive word of mouth marketing pays itself back in good online reviews, job referrals and a stellar sentiment around your brand online.

Enable your employees through knowledge 

These are just some of the reasons why enabling your employees matters. It’s about providing support on every level, and investing in knowledge sharing.

Want to find practical tips on how to engage employees? Download the free guide below.

A free guide on how to boost employee engagement with employee communication tools