Employee Empowerment Surveys

Conducting an employee empowerment survey

Employee empowerment is a term used to describe ways in which employees are able make autonomous decisions without consulting their manager (or with limited managerial input).  Empowering your employees to make their own decisions, come up with new and better ways of working and take ownership of their work and outputs is a fundamental aspect of high levels of employee engagement.

Employees who feel they have a ‘choice’ and can make direct decisions without constant manager input can often have a greater sense of ‘self-worth’.  In addition, if they do not feel constantly watched and/or criticised they will look upon work as a positive, rather than negative environment.

Do your managers allow their teams to make their own decisions?  Are your managers predominantly autocratic micro-managers?  We can help you understand the levels of employee empowerment within your organisation.

Employee empowerment pulse survey

Our approach is to use a tried and tested, twelve question empowerment survey, which can quickly and easily be conducted to find out how empowered your employees are.  We conduct a minimum of three pulse surveys over a six or nine month period.

The first survey is a used as a baseline to measure current levels of empowerment.  Following the first survey, the second and third surveys are used to measure the effect of remedial work undertaken to improve/ maintain employee empowerment an ensure that the remedial work is having the desired effect.

Analysis of the survey data takes places at both organisational and local level.  In addition to the twelve empowerment items, we include demographic data, specifically (but not limited to) Teams, Departments and Location(s).  This allows us to cut the data and provide managers and teams leaders with feedback from their own teams (ensuring confidentially by not analysing very small groups).

Sample questions from the twelve items:

  1. My manager encourages me to make my own decisions as far as possible
  2. My manager consults me before making decisions that will affect me
  3. This is the type of job in which I can feel a sense of accomplishment

Finally, as well as providing internal benchmarking against the previous survey(s) results.  We can provide external benchmark data from our normative database.  This is particuarly useful for the first survey, as it provides context for the initial survey results.

To find out more about how we can help you understand employee empowerment within your organisation, call us on the number above or visit our contact us page.

Employee Empowerment
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