Practical Application: Employee Empowerment Organizational Activity

Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

Are you ready to incorporate employee empowerment into your business? In this activity, you'll find a road map of steps necessary to building empowerment as a core principle inside your organization.

Empowering

It's time to put your knowledge of empowering employees to the test. Think about your organization and your employees and where opportunities for empowerment lie. Use the template below as you walk through ways to give your employees the tools and autonomy to see a project through from beginning to implementation.

Employee Empowerment Organizational Activity

Learning how to build empowerment as a core principle of your business involves three essential steps: identifying opportunities, assessing employees and choosing the best next steps.

Identify Opportunities

First, look for tasks or projects where boundaries can be established and then allow employees to operate freely inside of those boundaries. Find opportunities for employees at every level of the organization to take the lead and make decisions about their day-to-day job. Sit down with employees and ask them what types of new challenges and opportunities they're looking for.

Now, write down your answers to the following questions:

  1. Have I given my employee all of the information necessary to excel in this task or project?

  2. What can I do to build trust and rapport with this employee to enable me to take a step back and allow them to lead?

  3. How can I encourage and support this employee through this new challenge or opportunity being presented?

Assessing Employees

Second, assess the strengths and weaknesses of your employees as you give them more freedom and flexibility to get their job done and meet business objectives. Consider what resources, tools, development and training may be necessary to enable further empowerment in their roles.

Now, write down your answers to the following questions:

  1. What strengths can I play to with this employee to empower them in their role and responsibilities?

  2. What weaknesses does this employee have that our company can build up with resources or training?

  3. What types of responsibilities could this employee take on that our organization has not yet thought of?

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