Posts Tagged ‘employee empowerment’

6 Steps to Boost Employee Happiness and Productivity

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Just as April’s showers bring May’s flowers, the time you spend on cultivating your employees directly affects how successful they are in reaching their goals.  Proper time spent on setting your employees up for success not only benefits their workflows, but it also helps your overall organization maintain positive business results.

The six strategies below will help your staff members bloom to their full potential. So, implement these tips, and watch them flourish:

Make Expectations Clear

Give your employees clear instructions and desired results before they start an assignment. Doing this will better ensure that you both will be satisfied with the outcome. By being specific with your expectations, you will save your employees from the confusion and frustration that typically comes with vague directions.

Train Them Well

Offering your employees the opportunity to strengthen their skills or improve their industry knowledge benefits you as much as it benefits them. They will use the information they learn from training classes or webinars to elevate the quality of work they complete for your organization. Help them find appropriate training opportunities for their positions.

Offer Them Adequate Resources

Making sure your employees have the necessary resources to perform their job well is critical. If an employee doesn’t have the tools he needs to complete his projects, his motivation to improve his productivity will decrease. Ask your employees what they need to get their jobs done. If their answers are reasonable, you should do your best to accommodate them.

Practice Effective Communications

You can likely blame miscommunication for several mishaps that have occurred in your workplace. Knowing how to effectively communicate to your employees will help you achieve greater productivity, increased employee morale, and, of course, fewer mishaps. Learn how each of your employees likes to communicate, and use those methods when interacting with them.

Keep Them Empowered

Research indicates that empowered employees are more likely to be satisfied in their jobs and stay loyal to their employers. Help your employees feel empowered by delegating important tasks to them. Let them know that you trust them with more responsibility, and they will appreciate your trust and try hard to not disappoint you.

Let Them Achieve Work/Life Balance

In addition to projects and deadlines they have to keep up with at work, employees have responsibilities outside of the office that may include their family, place of worship or charitable organization. Check in with your employees to make sure their workloads allow them time to enjoy activities that are not work related. Granting them time to breathe will keep them positive and productive at the office.

For additional tips to help your employees grow and succeed in their careers, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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Delegate for Efficiency and Employee Empowerment

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

folderDelegation is a concept that benefits organizations in two specific ways:

  1. Senior leaders and managers experience more time to focus on high-level activities, such as strategic planning and new business exploration, which helps them build a more successful business.
  2. Employees receiving delegated tasks strengthen their skills, obtain diverse experience and demonstrate their capabilities to their supervisors, allowing them to feel empowered and engaged at work.

Although the advantages of delegation help multiple staff members prosper, many leaders do not implement the process for fear that tasks will not be completed adequately, or they have improper knowledge on how to delegate effectively. Leadership requires you to utilize the talents and experiences of the individuals who work at your company. If executed correctly, delegation can help your business and your employees achieve tremendous results. Below are key tactics for initiating a plan for delegation:

  1. Create a Culture for Delegation: Cultivating a workplace that stresses the importance of delegation helps everyone succeed. Employees will feel appreciated and be more productive when they are assigned new projects or receive feedback on their work.
  2. Assess Your Goals: Whether you have one task to delegate or a myriad of them, the end result will be better if you lay out a clear plan of how the project should be handled and what the desired outcome should be.
  3. Identify Workers’ Strengths and Weaknesses: Delegation offers employees the opportunity to flex their skills and take ownership on important tasks outside of their usual assignments. Be sure you know your employees’ strengths and weaknesses to appropriately match projects. This will help reduce unfavorable results.
  4. Establish a Work Plan and Communicate Expectations: Managers who do not delegate often fear that their subordinates will not be able to perform the job like they would. However, if you strategize a workflow plan with your employees, they will understand the overall goal. Communicating clear directions and hard deadlines will also yield a good outcome. Asking your employees to repeat their understanding of the project will help you determine if they grasp what is being asked of them.   
  5. Oversee Progress and Rate Results: Delegation can fail if you do not organize a monitoring method for the projects that you assign.  Periodically requesting updates and providing feedback will help you see if employees are reaching their goals or if additional assistance is needed. When projects are completed, you can review the goals to see if they met their marks.  Praise your employees if they achieved suitable or exceptional results. If your employees failed to produce satisfactory work, use the experience as a learning opportunity. 

It is also imperative to add that there are several tasks that should not be delegated to a subordinate. Some of these duties include: personal requests assigned specifically to you, providing feedback to other employees, high-level tasks for which you have the expertise, disciplinary undertakings and crisis situations.

For more information on how to delegate productively, please contact an account manager at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746 and inquire about CAI’s class called Steps to Delegating Effectively.

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