The #1 priority for a manager
is to set their team up for success! Your staff can accomplish their goals if
you devote time to training, share your expertise, and empower them to do their
best. While you’re the boss and your words should carry a lot of weight, you
don’t want your employees to feel micromanaged or hopelessly inferior. Instead,
you want them to feel like their opinions, efforts, and work matters.
Here are seven ways to
effectively empower your team.
1. Give employees the freedom to act independently
Instilling faith in a worker can
go a long way. Giving them the freedom to make their own decisions – within
reason – is a surefire sign that you trust and believe in them. That builds
confidence, which leads to outstanding work. Get to know each team member’s
strengths and leverage those.
Staff members don’t appreciate micromanaging because it makes them feel as if they’re constantly being monitored or that you’re waiting to pounce on any mistake. You might have to manage new hires closely, but once they’ve earned your trust, allow them to spread their wings and fly. That’s when you’ll get the most out of them.
Your team isn’t there just for show. It’s there to do an excellent job and help the company thrive. So, let members know when they’re doing great work. Tell them you appreciate their efforts, even if results aren’t quite where you want them. By praising your staff, you’re showing that you’re not overlooking their work and that you genuinely care. Your attitude and appreciation will lead to an employee holding their shoulders high.
3. Show employees a path to growth
Team members should always
have something to strive for, whether it’s learning a new skill or moving to the
next level. It’s your responsibility to show them how and where they can grow. By
creating a path, you’re giving them the power to navigate it. If they follow
the plan and you help them stay on course, they will learn a new skill and may
get a promotion.
4. Empower employees through structured flexibility
More and more workplaces are
shifting to environments with greater flexibility. This means allowing staff to
work from home occasionally, take longer lunches, and plan their days
independently. This flexibility can alleviate stress, build positive attitudes,
and, enhance employee empowerment. The only caveat is ensuring everyone maintains
their output. If they aren’t getting their work done, you can take away some of
5. Listen to employee ideas
You’re not the only
intelligent one in the group. There’s a good chance your staff members have worthy
ideas to offer, whether individually or during a group brainstorm session. Give
them the floor and see what they have to say. In doing so, you’ll exhibit a
genuine interest in your employees’ opinions. It’s important to realize that every
one of your workers holds a different perspective, which can inspire new ideas
that may have never crossed your mind.
6. Forgive employees if they make a mistake
Mistakes happen. While some
may have greater consequences than others, be understanding when someone makes
a mistake. Praise in public and correct in private. If you get visibly angry, it’ll
shatter your worker’s confidence moving forward, and they may fear future
retribution. Make it clear that you understand mistakes are going to happen,
work with the person to fix the error, and ensure they have the skills and
knowledge to prevent similar incidents from happening again.