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Credible research studies indicate that around 80% of the working population is dissatisfied with their jobs. Quite often, this dissatisfaction arises from working in an environment that saps morale and undermines productivity.
Is it possible you’re an employer whose workers feel disgruntled? Might your workplace be one where dissatisfied employees unhappily spend their days?
If your answer is yes, the good news is that you can reverse this trend. Below are some practical tips to ensure you create an empowering environment and a workplace that is conducive to optimum productivity.
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Make Effective Communication a Priority
Excellent communication between an employee and their superiors is one of the critical ingredients for creating an empowering environment at work. Effective communication reduces unnecessary friction in the office. For example, employees will better comprehend what you expect from them. In equal measure, you get to understand their needs, and you will find yourself becoming more appreciative of their efforts.
Moreover, communication needs to be direct and clear. This entails avoiding shortcuts and ambiguity in your messaging. Make sure that what you say is easy to understand.
Additionally, every organization should have proper channels of communication in the workplace. This helps in quick resolution of office matters as well as sharing ideas. Everyone will appreciate empowering communication.
Appreciate Everyone’s Ideas—That’s Empowering
Allow every employee in your organization to have a voice. Do not suppress anyone’s ideas, however junior they may be.
Inclusive leadership is empowering leadership. It involves every person in the workplace and fosters teamwork and cohesiveness. In such an environment, no one feels coerced to follow a particular idea. Therefore, everyone is willing to follow organizational policies. What’s more, everyone feels valued.
One brilliant way to accommodate every employee’s ideas is by implementing an open-door policy. Though you won’t be able to force your employees to come to your office and share their views and opinions, this strategy can be quite useful in fostering a more empowering environment.
So make sure your employees feel welcome in your office. When they do, they will feel appreciated. They will know their opinions are valuable to the organization. And there’s hardly anything more empowering than feeling appreciated.
Always Reward Effort
In every organization, some employees contribute more to the organizational goals than others. These employees are often regarded by their managers as employees with high potential. Such individuals always exceed what their employers expect of them.
Business owners who are committed to creating an empowering workplace will want to empower such employees. They will develop strategies to acknowledge the dedicated efforts of these employees.
As a result, these employees will feel motivated to work even harder. They will be empowered to achieve more, both for the organization and for themselves. Additionally, they will serve as an inspiration to their peers. Consequently, the level of productivity for the entire team skyrockets.
Find Other Ways of Empowering Your Employees
In addition, make sure your office is comfortable, both physically and socially. Also, encourage employees to spend some time outside the office together. In this way, they can interact with each other and strengthen bonds.
To wrap it all up, your office is the place where you and your employees spend most of your time. In fact, most workers spend more than a third of their day at work. For this reason, you should try to make your office as empowering as possible.
The strategies we discuss here might seem expensive to implement. However, their effect on productivity is priceless.