An employee is an important asset to every organization. Being a good employer means keeping your employees content and happy. If you want your company to succeed, it is very important that you give your employees the utmost respect and make them feel included. Empowering employees means allowing your employees, subordinates, and team members to take decisions and make actions on their behalf within the organization. It requires a great deal of trust. This cannot be achieved when you have just hired a new employee or when you have just started out with the company. This takes years of dedication and learning and being able to give up on certain decisions and trust that your co-workers and subordinates will come up with flying results on their own. A good employer does not spoon-feed his employees. A good employer will guide his employees and set a stage that is conducive for his employees to work. Rather than pushing his employees and getting upset at them, a good employer would encourage his employees and always give them recognition for the good work that they have done as well as be more assertive rather than dominating and overpowering. So, how do we achieve this trait of trusting our employees? First of all trusting employees does not mean that you blindly trust them and encourage them to take decisions without consulting you. This is done over a period of years after an employee has proved his/ her worth in the company. The following steps will enlighten you on how to achieve this trait. It does not necessarily have to go on in the same order.
- Delegate to develop
The major problem with delegation is that it is usually done to unload heavy work and it is done to efficiently use time and resources. But in reality, delegation should be done with the sole purpose of wanting to improve your employees. The intent of delegation should be done for the growth of the employee as well as the company’s growth and not with the intention of getting workload off your hands
- Set clear expectations
Define boundaries on which the employees need to work on. Explain the tasks given, and give a framework of how things need to be done. Give a clear understanding of what the employee is expected to do and what the final result of that particular task should look like. It is unfair to delegate work to subordinates and co-workers and then expect them to complete the task successfully without giving them a fair idea of how and what job needs to be done. Delegation requires careful instructions to be provided to your subordinates or co-workers. Being straightforward is extremely vital when it comes to delegation. You cannot expect your co-workers or subordinates to read between the lines. Instead, explain things in a clear-cut way without going around the bush.
- Providing autonomy
When delegating work it is very important to keep in mind that every employee has their own way of dealing with things and they might not necessarily take the same route that you did when you did the same task. Avoid micromanaging and understand the broad picture. If an employee or co-worker has made an error or has not finished the task 100% to your satisfaction, then sit with them and identify the areas where improvement needs to be recognized. Instead of lowering their self-esteem by getting upset at them, sit with them and discuss how goals need to be planned to have the task completed effectively on time
- Provide necessary resources
Instead of complaining that your subordinates are not being able to effectively manage a particular task, sit with them and discuss and provide them with resources and tools to complete the particular task. Be actively involved and constantly make sure that you are checking with them on how comfortable they are and if they are having any hindrances towards achieving or completing the particular task. Brainstorm with them. Do not spoon-feed again but just be a facilitator and make your employees figure out what other real hindrances are and assist them.
- Provide with constructive feedback
Provide constructive criticism. Do not just tell them that they have done a good job, instead give them detailed feedback and also provide necessary inputs that will help them with future decisions and planning. Instead of putting them down when they have come across a particular challenge, uplift them and let them understand that they are good enough to complete the job by themselves and that you trust them.
- Include ideas and inputs from employees
Include employees in decision-making and goal setting. Take that advice. Let them feel like an important asset to the organization. Let them feel valued that their decision and viewpoints matter. Let your employees know that the company gives utmost importance to their employees and will always take into consideration their views or the changes that they would like to bring
- Recognize the disconnect
When planning out a certain task if you come across employees who are unable to make proper decisions or are not able to finish them on time, sit with them and figure out what area it is that needs to be worked upon and encourage employees to work towards it.
- Communicate the vision of the organization
It is vital that you as an employer communicate the vision of the organization to your employees and make them understand what the expectations that are supposed to be seen are. Make sure that everyone is on the same page as the vision of the organization whenever they are working towards any project
- Know your employees personally
A good employer always knows his employees personally. By personally we mean knowing more than just first names. A good employer will know about his employees’ family and ask about them on and off.
- Provide rewards
This is extremely important. After every project is completed or a task is done where the employee or co-worker has managed to take an autonomous decision, it is important that these goal achievements are celebrated and due recognition is given to the people who took efforts to reach the goal. A reward is given usually not just by praising or complimenting the employee but also in terms of monetary benefits and other gifts. Material rewards are extremely important if you want to empower your employees or co-workers and genuinely care for the company.
To summarize, the employees of an organization are the face and identity of the company. In order to succeed, the employees need to be motivated towards achieving goals and need excellent leadership as well. Keeping employees happy and motivated will always be beneficial for the growth of the company.
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