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The Essence of Empowerment Empowerment is certainly not a new idea within the business arena In fact its concept has been around since the 1960s when American car manufactures suddenly realized that they were losing their butts to the Japanese producers An extensive and extremely well-funded investigation for answers to the recurrent question how do I get more out of my employees while simultaneously lowering my costs did produce some implementable and constructive results The topic I have chosen to investigate is the application of employee empowerment and how to get the most out of this HR buzzword Within my scope of discussions are topics which include effective implementation the role of the organization and incentives to achieve and sustain actuation Employee empowerment in its most basic definition is effective delegation The new twist that upper management has been trying desperately to achieve is to involve the lowest level of employees in the decision-making process while making them responsible for the results of their decisions There have been many documented examples of anxiety mistrust and complacency in employees when this wave of new-and-improved successful management strategies have been suddenly thrown upon them Change of any kind will usually inspire resistance especially when you are talking about extracting power from management to place in the hands of subordinates There are obvious methods to achieving the results that the stakeholders of an organization demand through empowerment Increases in profitability productivity creativity and a shorter time-to-market are all feasible results of empowerment In fact empowerment is an extremely cost-effective means of bringing about desired changes in performance and operational effectiveness It takes only a stout devotion of the entire organization from the top levels downward Thats all There are however key factors to its success
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