Empower Your Employees to Make Sound DecisionsMenaItech
Today, collaboration tools, social media, and other communication programs exist to facilitate organisational needs in real-time. Traditional top-down management can hold businesses back. In fact, management and other bureaucratic processes can hinder decision-making, processes slow innovation, and stifle talent.
As a corporate leader, it’s easy to get in the habit of making all the decisions yourself. If you want to experience growth and success, It’s time to remove the excess layers of approval from your company and thoughtfully empower your employees to take action based on their knowledge, skills, and capabilities.
Showcase Your Organisational Vision, Mission, and Values
According to The Greatness Gap: The State of Employee Disengagement report from Achievers, an astounding 61 percent of employees say they don’t know their company’s mission. How can your employees feel empowered to make smart decisions if they need constant approval from management?
Knowing your company vision, mission, and values is essential to empowering your employees to make sound decisions. Go above and beyond to ensure every member of your team knows and understands your company vision, mission, and values. These three elements form the foundation of your company. They describe what your company does, who you are as an organisation, what your vision is for the future, and how you plan on getting there.
Start by granting your employees permission to make decisions on their own. This is particularly important if your employees are accustomed to asking for permission from managers before making a decisions. A decision framework will teach your team members how to make sound decisions to benefit the organisation without seeking permission from their managers.
The key to implementing decision framework is to lead by example. Managers and team leaders should clearly articulate their thought process to other team members. This will help them understand how and why upper management makes the decision they do, as well as how those decisions align with organisational goals. For example, if your employees have confidence, and the actions they want to take are low-risk, encourage them to make their decision. However, if they are unsure of a high-risk decision, be sure your employees know you are there for guidance.
Limit the Organisational Approval Process
Most employees are accustomed to seeking managerial approval before they make a decision. It may take some time for them to transition into making decisions on their own. Consider it a sort of weaning process where your employees will learn the parameters for their decision-making capabilities. This starts with managers clearly articulating which decisions and actions can be approved without management consent, and which decisions require company approval.
A recent study shows that when employees are given the room to make decisions, the companies they work for grow four times faster than companies with traditional management structures. Additionally, these companies also experience a third of the turnover. When managerial approvals occur on an as-needed basis, critical pivots and decisions will occur promptly, leading to growth and innovation.
When you allow your employees to make their own decisions, some of those decisions will be better than others. As a leader, your responsibility is to provide feedback on the results of employees decisions.
By encouraging your team members to think things through, providing feedback, and explaining ‘why,’ you can cultivate an environment where employees are empowered to make responsible decisions. You’ll also enable them to seamlessly transition into leadership positions when the opportunity arises.
Empower Your Employees for Organisational Growth
In today’s innovative world, an organisation’s decision-making process needs to be agile, swift, and streamlined. The traditional corporate hierarchy hampers all of these things. Corporate layers cause traditional businesses to move at a snail’s pace when it comes to reacting to market conditions and making decisions.
Embracing employee empowerment not only accelerates your company’s rate of innovation, but it will also attract creative, free-thinking job-seekers, and lead to happier teams for your brand.