The employees within an organization trust the top leaders to make decisions that are best for the organization. However, what is often overlooked is the importance of trusting your employees. Making your employees feel trusted can be done by empowering them. Employees who are not empowered will be hesitant when it comes to making decisions, which can reduce productivity. Empowering your employees creates a stronger and more efficient team.
Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to make your employees feel empowered at work:[i]
Have a Clear Vision for the Team and Communicate It
To create a team that is empowered there must be a clear vision for the team and the organization. Set a vision and goals for the team, and make sure this is well known by all members. Also, be sure your employees know their part in the overall vision and what is expected of them. Teams who do not understand the end goal or the greater purpose will not be able to perform their job at a high level. Looping everyone in on the vision helps employees make more confident and educated decisions.[ii]
Have an Open-Door Policy and Encourage Asking Questions
Many managers underestimate the value of an open-door policy. Not only does keeping your door open encourage your team to ask questions, it also shows them that you care about their ideas and thoughts. Creating a more approachable office set up encourages your employees to reach out and share their thoughts with you. This also promotes creativity and makes your team members feel as though they are valued.[iii]
One of the most influential ways to empower your team is to show that you trust them. Give them opportunities to organize a meeting or set up a company event, and trust that they will do a good job. Trust promotes accountability and employees who feel trusted will feel a sense of responsibility to deliver positive results.[iv]
Empowering your team can help lead to higher performance and a much more efficient team. Teams who are paralyzed by fear of making a mistake halt the growth process and will not excel. Empower your employees and watch your team grow.