Motivate, Delegate and Empower

881 Words Mar 21st, 2015 4 Pages
AC 2.2
Review own ability to motivate, delegate and empower others

For any business to be successful it needs motivated employees. They are the single most important factor in the long-term success of an organisation.
Empowerment refers to the employee's feeling of being effective, in control and influential.
Furthermore, empowerment positively impacts motivation, and motivation leads to better performance.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs provides a foundational theory. It states that all employees have some basic needs that must first be satisfied in order to provide the framework for further motivation and empowerment.
There are five levels in the hierarchy: * Physiological needs * Safety and security needs * Love or
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Herzberg showed that to truly motivate an employee a business needs to create conditions that make him or her feel fulfilled in the workplace.

Delegation is one of the most important management skills as it empowers the team member to make decisions. However, the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work.
Delegation can save money and time, help in building skills, and motivate people. Poor delegation, on the other hand, might cause frustration and confusion to all the involved parties.

Tannenbaum & Schmidt defined 7 levels of delegated freedom which moves from manager-oriented to subordinate-oriented. As the team develops, the area of freedom for the subordinate increases and the need for the manager’s intervention decreases.

Within my team I have tried to improve motivation through several initiatives:
One member of my team seemed to be becoming disillusioned with her role and so I spent some time with her trying to establish the root cause of this.
Having asked several questions I established that she felt bored with her daily routine and wanted a fresh challenge.
I took notes of our meeting and produced a plan with her which involved a gradual phasing in of more duties and a greater involvement in decision
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