How can you support your employees’ personal and professional development? How does employee empowerment impact the business’s bottom line?
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 successful in their roles.
In other words, allowing employees to take leadership of their roles results in high impact and positive long-term effects for the company and its individuals.
When companies provide employees with enough support individually and professionally, they also integrate employees more closely into the company.
Employee empowerment can happen on different organizational levels. However, achieving individual empowerment requires much more work and effort and it involves several functions in the organization.
Why is Employee Empowerment in the Workplace so Important?
Empowerment in the workplace has many benefits. According to the Harvard Business Review, “when employees feel empowered at work, it’s associated with stronger job performance, job satisfaction and commitment to the organization.”
Many employers are trying to empower their employees. However, many employers are still not sure about where to start.
Why Should You Make Employee Empowerment Your Priority
It is no secret that employee empowerment has many benefits. Moreover, organizations whose employees feel empowered see much better business performance, outcomes, and stronger core company values.
Here are the top 4 reasons why organizations should drive empowerment in the workplace:
1. It Impacts the Business’s Bottom Line
Companies that empower employees experience better financial rewards and outperform competitors.
Indeed, when it is made easy for employees to learn and improve, employee productivity soars and organizations outperform the competition.
2. It Keeps Employees Inspired and Engaged
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.
That’s why employee empowerment is the key!
Remember that employees spend on average 2.5 hours per day searching for the information they need to do their jobs! ImprovingTherefore, improved business communication can goes a long way in driving and facilitating employee empowerment.
But keep in mind that empowering and engaging employees is all about providing them with the information they need when they need it so they can be successful at their jobs.
3. It Helps Retain Top Talent
Helping your employees’ brand themselves and grow professionally and personally is one of the best ways to retain your top talent.
Investing in employee empowerment is a win-win situation. Supporting employees’ personal branding efforts by encouraging them to network professionally, share professional content, and build their thought leadership is good for both the company and its individuals.
4. It’s Good for Your Brand
Employees who feel empowered and in charge of their work will gladly advocate for the brand to their social networks. And the benefits of employee advocacy are significant!
Employees who share company-related content on social media 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.
Company Culture in Employee Empowerment
Your company culture plays an essential role in employee empowerment and building a better employee experience in the workplace.
If you want to support your employees’ performance, help them find meaning at work, and understand how their jobs impact the business.
And by the “right” company culture, I mean a company culture that supports innovation in the workplace, employees’ well-being, and helps them take initiatives at work.
But keep in mind that building a company culture that supports employee empowerment doesn’t come overnight. First, you’ll need to include employee empowerment in your business goals.
Think about it: if you want to empower your employees, you’ll need first to make it one of your top priorities!
The way you speak to your employees and the initiatives you take to motivate and inspire them has a direct impact on how employees feel about their jobs, their managers and the company overall.
When it comes to empowerment in the workplace, managers and team leaders play an essential role. That’s not surprising that communication skills are some of the most in-demand soft skills.
Looking for more information on how to start empowering your team? Check out our Empowerment Equals Performance ebook.