Gain valuable insight into developing team skills and creating an engaging work environment.
Intro: Team Empowerment Series – What is Empowerment?
People in today's world often have great difficulty in understanding and implementing employee empowerment concepts. These discussions will serve as a source of discovery culminating in confidence that the path you are on is the right one for your team.
- Empowerment in your Organization
There are many misconceptions about what empowerment is and is not as it relates to the workplace. Our definition of empowerment is to create an environment where people can function without rigid hierarchy and are rewarded for using good judgment. In today's fast-paced, rapidly changing workplace, communication in the traditional command-and-control hierarchy simply moves too slowly.
- Team Empowerment - Empowerment and the Leader
One of the primary questions of managers, supervisors, and team leaders in an organization transitioning to empowerment is "What will my role be in this new environment? If you reduce my responsibilities, what shall I do?"
- Team Empowerment - Beginning to Share Information
Sharing information is an important aspect of empowering your team. When we make decisions, whether at work or at home, we need information. People at work, whether they are operating from the executive suite or pushing brooms on third shift, need information to make wise decisions about their work.
- Team Empowerment - What Information to Share?
The sharing of information requires us to alter our prior beliefs about what people need to know. If one is being asked to accept more responsibility and accountability for work performance, then one must be given more resources to affect that performance.
- Team Empowerment - Sharing Information and Trust
Whenever we share information with someone, there is an implied agreement of trust. We trust that the person will handle the information responsibly.
- Team Empowerment - Autonomy Through Boundaries
A boundary is a limit or a dividing line. It is a border that defines a territory. When a boundary is not clearly defined, people must attempt to decide for themselves where it is, and history is full of examples of how man has struggled over unclear boundaries.
- Team Empowerment - Boundaries Clarify Roles
Historically people have gone to work to perform a task. Over the last twenty-five years, however, the “task” has evolved significantly. With the introduction of workplace participation or employee involvement, workers are now more directly involved in process improvement.
- Team Empowerment - Boundaries Remove Fear
When people are unclear about boundaries, they tend to “huddle” in the safety of their known world or work space and its familiar structure and rules. However, if they are given expanded boundaries that are definable, the risk of venturing forth is less intimidating.
- Team Empowerment - Work Teams vs. Work Groups
Few of us were taught to use team behaviors in the workplace. Both our schools and our workplaces have emphasized individual achievement, creating a system where few people appreciate the need for collaboration.