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Making the Decision to Empower

Factors in Making the Decision to Empower
Employees need to be involved in
decisions in circumstances in which the quality
of the decision is important, the decision
affects employees, the supervisor doesnt
have the knowledge to make the decision, or
the employees dont trust the supervisor.
Importance of Decision Quality. The first
factor to be considered in making a decision is
whether one decision will be better than
Leader Knowledge of the Problem Area. The
second factor in decision making involves the
extent to which leaders have sufficient
information to make the decision alone. If
they do, then consultation with others is
desired only if leaders want their subordinates
to feel involved.
Structure of the Problem. The third factor of
concern in decision making is the extent to
which a leader knows what information is
needed and how it can be obtained that is,
the problems structure.
Importance of Decision Acceptance. The
fourth decision-making factor involves the
degree to which it is important that the
decision be accepted by others.
Probability of decision Acceptance. The fifth decision
making factor is subordinate acceptance.
Subordinate Trust and Motivation. The sixth factor in
the decision making process is the extent to which
subordinates are motivated to achieve the
organizational goals and thus can be trusted to make
decisions that will help the organization.
Probability of Subordinate Conflict. The final factor for
our consideration in the decision making process
involves the amount of conflict that is likely among the
subordinates when various solutions to the problem
are considered.