Team Tips - 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. For example, when we make a significant purchase, we seek information about pricing, quality, features, and availability. 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.
Empowerment "raises the bar" on information sharing, because people are being asked to play a larger role in how their work is performed. They simply need better information to make better decisions. As information is shared freely, more brainpower is enlisted for team building, problem solving and business growth.
As business change, the nature of work changes. Relationships, responsibilities, and information flows between management and the workforce are changing to meet the demand for ever improving performance with ever-decreasing resources. The move to empowerment begins with sharing the information necessary for people to carry out their work effectively and efficiently.