Relationship Between Empowerment and Productivity?

Question to Ask The Workplace Doctors about empowerment and productivity:

What is the correlation between employee empowerment and employee productivity?

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Dear Needing Information:

It sounds as though your question is a homework assignment! The short answer is that there is no way to PROVE a correlation between the two, since work situations vary dramatically. For example, An employee who is not very interested in work or who is lethargic in general, may be empowered to do all kinds of creative and innovative things, but choose not to.On the other hand, an employee who has very little freedom of action may have a strong work ethic and produce at a high level for that reason.The general thought in modern management is that employees who are empowered (given autonomy over at least some aspects of their work) will be more likely to want to be productive.

There is also the belief that employees will be more productive if they can organize work and do it in ways that work best for them.I think the best justification for increased empowerment of employees is not that employees will be more productive, but rather that the work they do will be done more effectively.When you can solve problems and make decisions without seeking higher level approval, except in specific situations, you are more likely to get things done faster. You also are more likely to have a higher level of customer satisfaction. Employees may not do MORE work, but the work they do may be done more easily and with a higher level of satisfaction for the employee and the client or customer.

Consider several perspectives and perhaps interview people, in addition to reading websites and books. Then, you can make some reasoned statements about the two concepts. Best wishes!

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.