Productivity

4 Ways to Empower Employees to Do Their Best Work

Great managers ensure their employees are equipped with the skills and tools they need to do their job, and then they get out of the employees’ way. In an article for Forbes, Michel Theriault shares four ways to empower employees. First, offer a global view of how the business works and how departments relate, and then provide as much “insider” knowledge possible, even down to how the politics work. Second, outline goals and objectives to be hit, but rely on employees to figure out how to reach them largely on their own, not getting overly instructional. Third, remember that managers are facilitators; if employees need given resources and do not have access to them, then it is the duty of managers to procure them. Lastly, Theriault says to give “freedom to act, not permission to act,” meaning that employees should give regular updates about what they are doing or intend to do, and unless the manager vocalizes objections, the employee should just assume it is okay to proceed. These methods together will ensure a highly effective employee. You can view the original article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2014/02/25/if-you-want-more-productive-employees-learn-how-to-get-out-of-their-way/

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