I recently spoke with Tammy Colson about Empowerment. The definition of Empowerment is: to give authority to somebody: to give somebody power or authority : make more confident or assertive: to give somebody a greater sense of confidence or self-esteem.
Tammy is a successful Director of HR in North Carolina. She writes at the HRJunkyard, can be found via Twitter, LinkedIn, and is launching her own business. We had a great discussion about this topic, and her insights:
- Most employees want to achieve, and be of value to their employer
- Give employees the skills and opportunity to reach their goals, instead of micromanaging them
- Employees are doing 3-4 more jobs due to downsizing, and when decision-making is coming from the top, it causes gridlock
- Companies are paying overtime, and there are unemployed, qualified people dying to work!
- Career Development is lacking terribly. HR must intervene to help coach managers.
The most successful companies hire the right people, and LET them do their JOB. (via TLColson)
I have had a lot of personal experience with empowerment. When I was a manager for a very affluent organization, our management training included empowerment and accountability best practices. I have seen the enormous rewards, of this in action. The employees’ have amazing morale, are happier, and feel a sense of accomplishment when charged with additional responsibilities, and promotions.
I want to hear how Empowerment is effective in your workplaces. Let’s get the comments rolling…..