As we settle into a new year, it can be easy to get wrapped up in our daily lives’ usual activities. We may have goals we are trying to achieve, deadlines to meet, or we feel like we are just getting by. However, as a leader, it is essential to empower those around you. Empowering your employees, staff, buyers, and anyone you come into contact with can help your company run smoothly and successfully. 2020 had so much uncertainty, which led to low turnover rates for many businesses. Being a leader who can empower others is sure to improve your rates and create a better workplace culture.
There are various ways to empower people, and different techniques work for different people. ASQ defines employee empowerment as, “the ways in which organizations provide their employees with a certain degree of autonomy and control in their day-to-day activities.” Initiating and deploying employee empowerment techniques can be difficult. However, if you follow the following steps, you can create a workplace environment that people feel empowered in.
Ask About Goals
Most people set goals for themselves, especially in the new year. Merely asking your team what their goals are for the year, their career, or even for the week can be a foundational step for empowering them. It sends the message that you care about what they want to achieve. If their goals are work-related, give them the tools they need to succeed. Sometimes the tool is just the information on how to do something, and knowledge can be one of the best ways to empower people.
Lead by Example
If you want to give your team the autonomy and control to do their daily tasks, they first and foremost need to trust and respect you. Work alongside them and try not to assign tasks you have not done yourself. If you know the company’s ins and outs, you can not only show and teach your staff to do the same, but they will also have a sense of trust in you. Once you have successfully trained your employees to do something you’ve done before, you can trust them with the autonomy to do tasks on their own. Leading by example and allowing your employees to work for themselves is a great way to empower them.
There are so many possibilities in the new year. Do not let yourself or your team get behind on their goals. Instead, empower those around you to believe in their abilities and have a better workplace mindset every day they show up. If you need additional training on empowering others, contact CEO Solutions, and we will help you reach your goals.