EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT

• A primary goal of employee empowerment is to give workers a greater voice in decisions about workrelated matters. • Their decision-making authority can range from offering suggestions to exercising veto power over management decisions. • Possible areas include: how jobs are to be performed, working conditions, company policies, work hours, peer review, and how supervisors are evaluated

Benefits of Empowerment • • • • • • • • All ees view themselves as ‘Owners’ of the business Improved productivity Creativity & Innovation Customer-focus Faster decision-making Organizational learning Making full use of Human resources“Engaging the mind of every employee” .

but allow ees to make some decisions(typically minor ones) • Self-management.ees make most decisions pertaining to their work and work setting .management generally controls the work & the context.No employee discretion • Participatory management.Degrees of Empowerment • Total management control.

Empowered People • Gretchen Spreitzer found that ees who feel empowered share the following 4 beliefs: • Meaning-belief that one’s work is aligned with his/her values • Competence-belief that he/she has the ability to effectively complete his/her work role • Self-determination-belief that he/she has the freedom & right to decide how to approach his/her work. without being micromanaged • Impact-belief that he/she can influence organisation outcomes .

empowerment can strengthen motivation by providing employees with the opportunity to attain intrinsic rewards from their work. such as a greater sense of accomplishment and a feeling of importance. • Intrinsic rewards such as job satisfaction and a sense of purposeful work can be more powerful than extrinsic rewards such as higher wages or bonuses. .Organizational improvement through employee empowerment • First.

• The second means by which employee empowerment can increase productivity is through better decisions. . Especially when decisions require task-specific knowledge. those on the front line can often better identify problems.

TOYOTA • Toyota Motor Company empowers some of its employees to identify and help remedy problems occurring during product assembly. as opposed to merely fixing the defect and passing it on to distributors for resale. An automobile coming off Toyota's assembly line with a paint defect is seen as an opportunity to delve into the root cause of the defect. .

" . Because such solutions are generated from the front lines. this further enhances the potential for productivity improvements by reducing the attitude that solutions are "passed down from above.• Solutions resulting from employee involvement tend to have more employee buy-in when it comes to implementation.

• • • • A number of different human resource management programs are available that grant employee empowerment to some extent. . A number of these are discussed in the following sections includingInformal participative decision-making programs Job enrichment Continuous improvement Self-managed work teams.

managers decide just how much decision-making authority employees should have in each instance. Employees do not enjoy blanket authority to make all work-related decisions. The amount of authority varies depending on such situational factors as decision complexity and the importance of employee acceptance of the decision.Informal Participative Decision-making Programs • Informal participative decision-making programs involve managers and subordinates making joint decisions on a daily basis. .

• While it may seem obvious. or better than. Employees should be empowered in situations where they can make decisions that are as good as. . those made by their managers. one key to empowerment is choosing under what conditions to empower employees.

• Managers expect to see results without having to make a strong commitment or taking risks.Issues with Empowerment (Managers) • Managers misunderstand it. • Managers only pay it “Lip Service”. .culture & rewards. • Organizations are not prepared in terms of structure. • Managers are displeased when empowered workers make decisions that differ from their expectations.

.Issues with Empowerment (Employees) • ees need the skills and training to manage risks and decision-making. • Not all people are conscientious enough to be empowered. • Many ees don’t want the added responsibility and accountable & are uncomfortable with “putting their necks on the line”.

Employee discretion over how to perform a task. • Task significance. Certain job characteristics help managers to build enrichment into jobs. • Autonomy. where increased skill requirements are associated with increased motivation.The degree to which employees perceive how their job impacts the overall production of a product or service.Job Enrichment • Job enrichment aims to redesign jobs to be more intrinsically rewarding. . These characteristics include: • Skill variety.Input from peers and supervisors regarding the quality of an employee's work.The various skills needed to perform a given task.Whether the task is meaningful beyond the task itself. • Task identity. • Feedback.

and stain an entire table or chair. as each worker would be responsible for the job from start to finish. rather than working on just one part of the production process. each person could assemble.This involves assigning tasks performed by different workers to a single individual. This change would increase skill variety. in a furniture factory. sand. For example. .• Combining tasks. as well as task identity.

For example. . skill variety is increased because workers have a chance to develop interpersonal skills. By establishing client relationships. and to have more decision-making authority(autonomy).• Establish client relationships. It also provides them with a chance to do a larger part of the job (task identity). rather than going through the service manager. an auto dealership service department could allow its mechanics to discuss service problems directly with customers. to see how their work impacts customers (task significance).Client relationships could be established by putting the worker in touch with customers.

. • Motorola reduced the number of defects in its products by 80 percent. was able to decrease the number of customer complaints it received by 38 percent after implementing continuous improvement methods. • Xerox. for example.Continuous Improvement • Often referred to as Total Quality Management. built on the successful experiences of numerous companies. The use of continuous improvement programs have grown rapidly. these programs empower workers to trace product or service problems to their root causes and redesign production processes to eliminate them using various problem-solving and statistical techniques. .

Self-Managed Work Teams Self-managed work teams are not for all organizations. characteristic needed for success include: • Technical • Interpersonal skills • Administrative skills .

. • Difficulty appraising employees in the absence of a traditional management figure. and resolving interpersonal disputes.Drawbacks can include: • Rivalry within and across teams. training. • A shortage of time and skills on the team to deal with conventional management concerns like hiring.

• ees need to be trained to make smart decisions.books need to be opened to ees. not compliance with rules. • Empowerment requires sharing of information. • Sharing responsbility means sharing in the rewardsperformance based pay is crucial.Success Factors • Rewards have to encourage empowerment. .

• Management needs to be trained facilitators not controllers. • Management must seek empowerment for the right decisions. • Management must be willing to accept risk & uncertainity & to tolerate mistakes. .Success Factors Continued… • Management needs to be committed to giving up direct control for value.based control.

Education & Training Low role ambiguity Conditions inspiring Empowerment Wide span Of control Political Support Access to information Org. Climate .

and treat them as equals. You end up with extremely motivated and enthusiastic people..On empowerment….” . pay them well. “ A funny thing happens when you take the time to educate your employees.

Thank You By: Poonam Gupta .