Empowering individuals with autonomy in decision-making can be challenging for organizations, but implementing strategies such as preparing for empowerment, developing decision-making principles, and showing belief in people can lead to greater engagement, productivity, and growth.
Creating a culture of autonomy is essential for promoting innovation and motivation in the workplace. This involves empowering individuals to make their own decisions and reducing the concentration of power in a few select individuals. However, implementing this change can be difficult for executives who are accustomed to traditional hierarchical structures. The “decision deficit” arises when employees are given autonomy but lack guidance or support, leading to uncertainty and frustration. To address this issue, five strategies are recommended: preparing for empowerment, developing decision-making principles, clarifying decision-making roles, showing belief in people, and creating learning opportunities. These strategies can help organizations achieve greater engagement, productivity, and growth.