Innovative Ways To Empower Your Employees
Empowering employees takes a skilled and astute leader.
Trevor McClintock, change agent and entrepreneur, shares his secrets on how to inspire and empower your team.
The ability to empower your employees can mean the difference between the success and the failure of a business.
The business is no greater than the sum of its parts, and empowered employees create a strong foundation for the future of the company.
Empowered employees are enthusiastic, keen to contribute and dedicated to the needs of the business.
They are strong ambassadors for the brand and often spread good words about the company.
Remember to delegate
First and foremost, it is important to know when to give up power in favour of employee autonomy.
Getting this right is a fine balance which many leaders fail at.
Employees like to be given responsibilities for their area of expertise.
If too much is held back by management they may feel undervalued and demotivated.
Managers often make the mistake of allocating themselves more important tasks, creating excessive workload for themselves and not delegating enough to other capable members of the team.
Utilise your workforce to maximum potential and don’t be afraid to delegate.
Lead by example
Be a role model – your colleagues need someone they know they can look to for help and advice. #
Advocate an open door policy and encourage colleagues to ask questions and get involved in all aspects of business life.
Having a strong leader with clarity of vision and a desire to get everyone involved will ensure your strategy is followed through all areas of the business.
Tell your colleagues when they are doing a great job, be transparent about what you think their strengths and weaknesses are.
Allow them to have a say in what they would like to get more involved in and take on board their feedback.
Check in regularly to monitor progress while still allowing them to retain that autonomy for their tasks.
Sit down with the team to have catch ups and air any concerns they have regularly.
Opening the communication channels really helps people to feel part of the bigger picture.
Get the semantics right
Refer to your team as colleagues rather than ‘employees’.
It’s all about investing confidence into people and treating everyone from the most junior to the most senior with equal respect.
Choosing your words carefully can help you to instill confidence in your colleagues.
A team needs incentives to perform at its best.
This is a great way to ensure employees feel valued and that they are spending their time well.
Incentives are a vote of confidence for the team.
To provide incentives, it’s important to be clear about what they will receive and set a time scale for achieving the goals and getting the reward.
Setting clear goals empowers all members of the team to collectively work towards the same aim and make their own suggestions on how to approach matters.
Have the time to talk
Visible leaders are the best for guiding a team of dedicated employees.
Inspiration comes from above so as the managing director it rests on your shoulders to ensure all employees feel valued, trusted and committed.
Making time for everyone to sit down with their boss will create positive energy throughout the team.
Trust your team and they will repay your trust with trust.
A mutual respect is essential to instill confidence within the team and empower all team members.
If the manager demonstrates a lack of trust colleagues will feel under appreciated.
Give your team the respect they deserve!
Repay your colleagues with authority and they will repay you with enthusiasm and hard work.
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