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The Worker Empowerment Culture, Part 1

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In today’s knowledge economy, businesses that invest in worker empowerment initiatives, are developing self-sufficient and creative work cultures. By empowering workers with new policies and tools, organizations can tap into the full potential of all their employees. As markets become more complex, and physical offices convert into virtual offices, workers are the modern company’s greatest asset.

Worker empowerment along with a boundary-less workplace, are strategies that will strengthen the infrastructure of a business.

What is a Boundary-less Workplace?

A boundary-less workplace can be created by the dissolving of physical and social boundaries within the workplace. Boundaries created by technology, policy, culture, and hierarchy can be traversed by the following:

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  • Worker Empowerment via Technology. Mobile, social, and other technologies enable faster communication and collaboration amongst employees. SMAC stack also gives workers the ability to choose the hardware and peripherals they want to assist them in their work.
  • Organizational Structure that Routes Particular Decisions to Qualified Parties. Decentralized decision making moves bosses out of their own way, by allowing employees to make specific decisions related to their area of expertise, as opposed to putting all decisions in the hands of company executives. This starts by executives and leaders encouraging workers to question, innovate, and learn.
  • Determine When to Use Flexible Work. Cut down on employee hours at the office. Workers should not be forced to work in the office, if it is not necessary, this will increase employee satisfaction as they have the option to work from home.
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Achieving work empowerment via boundary-less environments will be accelerated if these strategies are implemented. Empowerment inspires creativity, free communication, and contributes to happiness and work place satisfaction. In The Worker Empowerment Culture Part 2, we will discuss how to prepare your boundary-less business.