Term Paper on Empowerment

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← Overview What motivates people to work? Money may be the primary reason, but beyond a certain limit it fails to. Organizations have been trying out different things to increase the level of motivation of its employees. Employee empowerment is one of them. Employee empowerment means that an employee is given a chance to be enterprising, take risks without compromising with the organizational goals, mission and vision. His say in the process of decision making is increased. This can be for one particular individual or for the entire organization. In the latter case it is called participative management. There are pros and cons to this employee empowerment. Whereas it is said and has been observed that participative management may…show more content…
Pros of Employee Empowerment • It leads to greater job satisfaction, motivation, increased productivity and reduces the costs. • It also leads to creativity and innovation since the employees have the authority to act on their own. • There is increased efficiency in employees because of increased ownership in their work. • Less need of supervision and delegation. • Focus on quality from the level of manufacturing till actual delivery and service of goods. • Employees when empowered become more entrepreneurial and start taking more risks. Greater the risk, greater are the chances to succeed. Cons of Employee Empowerment • At the individual level employee empowerment means you are an integral component of the organization. This may sprout egotism or arrogance in the workers. • Apart from disadvantages at the organizational level, there are certain challenges that emerge at the individual level. Supervisors often complain disgust from the empowered workers. The following points go against employee empowerment: • Egotism / arrogance: Worker arrogance can create a big trouble for the supervisors and the managers. There can be problems in delegating. Employees avoid reporting about their work and feedback can be taken negatively. • Security:
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