Empowering the American employee this July 4th

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In anticipation of Monday, Happy 4th of July! Perhaps the most important date in the American calendar, President John Adams taught us in 1776 that “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”. But to what extent do we really honor the values of independence in our working lives?

While strong leadership is undoubtedly a must in any modern business, knowing when to step back and allow team members the autonomy and freedom to manage themselves can be equally – if not more – important. In fact, studies have found that when employees are given independence and personal power, workplace productivity soars.

It will come as no surprise that communicating with the workforce, listening to their wants, needs and ideas, and taking them into account in developing your business strategy will produce positive results; not only does it help strengthen an inclusive company culture, it can also improve employees’ connection to and engagement with their work.

With modern companies becoming increasingly diverse and geographically dispersed as they grow, however, implementing this kind of self-governance can be next to impossible for HR leaders. Workplace IT solutions can make the process much easier.

From allowing staff to work from home or work flexible hours when required, to ditching annual reviews in favor of more reactive, dynamic and reciprocal feedback, there are many ways to make employees feel more trusted and autonomous at work. Allowing them to personally manage these benefits anytime, anywhere, and on any platform, can also be an enormous benefit.

With a comprehensive HRMS, empowering employees to take control of their own workplace experience while maintaining managerial oversight is eminently achievable. When most businesses go to such lengths to ensure they hire only the very best people, it makes sense to allow them to spread their wings, as long as they’re effectively supported, trained and communicated with throughout the process. And who knows – it could even be the start of your own mini business revolution.

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