For decades, employee engagement was the key to a happy productive workforce, but what are the ways that you can empower your employees? In the last decade, employee experience stepped onto the stage. Both concepts are united by comparing your organisation to others (Benchmarking) and learning what others are doing and imitating them (Best Practice). And there are numerous studies that show the positive effects of both.
Since we love new concepts in HR, we want to share the secret sauce that will deliver the employee engagement scores and create the memorable employee experience you desire for your organisation. You can create your aspirational culture and drive business performance through employee empowerment by asking yourself these questions:
- Do your employees feel confident in their abilities?
- Are they encouraged to do their best work?
- Do they feel motivated to develop and reach their potential?
If you answered No to any of the questions here are five ways you can empower your employees in 2021:
People are motivated to perform their best when they understand how their role helps to achieve the organisation’s why. Every organisation knows what they do and some know how they do it. But, very few organisations know why they do what they do. Great leaders can inspire everyone to take action by starting with why.1
It is common for employees to feel more valued when they know what is going on in their team, department, and organisation. When you share what is going on you build an inclusive environment where they begin to feel like owners. If you can get them to feel like owners and they begin to think and act as such they will do their best work if they haven’t already.
Humans feel most encouraged when they feel seen, heard, and cared about. The surest way to create these feelings is building authentic connections with each other. Whether you are still working in a physical office or working at home don’t overthink it. Find ways to connect with each other to show our concerns are heard and someone cares about our wellbeing.
Good leaders acknowledge great work and instill confidence in their people. Challenging them with additional responsibility is an opportunity for them to take on new challenges and learn new skills. Guiding them to success shows you are invested in their growth and development, you value them, and they can feel more confident about their capabilities.
Teaching everyone they have something to offer and can make each other better is part of an empowered culture. They can all learn how satisfying and rewarding it is to help others becoming indispensable to the team and organisation. It also lets them know you’re confident in their abilities and creates bonds in the team through shared experiences.
1Sinek, S. (2009, September 29). Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en