Why & How to Achieve Successful People Enablement

November 13, 20193:14 pm3174 views

We often hear that employee engagement is vital to business strategy as it helps boost productivity and performance. However, what if there is a more holistic approach with better results, will you change your employee engagement strategy?

Steffen Maier, the co-founder of Impraise, commented that the traditional approach of employee engagement can only serve a little to industry goals. That’s why people enablement is likely to stay today and in the following years. People enablement is a more holistic approach to individual development. It encompasses the technology, processes, and content empowering employees and teams to develop and improve faster. Through the emerging trend of people enablement strategy, companies can start to empower their staff to acquire valuable experiences, explore new roles, and continually reinvent themselves.

See also: 7 Ways to Win at Employee Engagement – Without Spending a Dime!

People enablement is not employee engagement   

Organisations have been using strategies and approaches to help their industry thrive in the tight talent market by focusing on people first. HR professionals are also demanded to be more people-oriented than company-oriented. Thusly, they shift from annual performance review to real-time feedback which enables companies to best retain and recruit better talent.

People-first approach which often refers to employee engagement, however, is not the same as people enablement. On the contrary to employee management that focuses on a top-down strategy to exclusively improve individuals, people enablement deals with removing hierarchical people strategy and focus on empowering individuals to take the reins of their performance and career.

By adopting people enablement rather than simply people engagement, employers can have a better opportunity for growth. When culture is in place and employees have clarity and alignment, employees will have better opportunities for growth. Additionally, they will feel more valued, motivated, and engaged which in turn helps business increases productivity while retaining and attracting top talents.

Needless to say, adopting employee enablement within an organisation will likely improve employee’s work quality, resulting in increased revenue, lower turnover, and enhanced employee performance.

The approach

If leaders want to drive company towards employee development with the help of people enablement, HRD should employ the following points.

  • Asking employees for more input on assignments and projects
  • Allowing employees to choose their own system for meeting weekly or monthly goals and completing assignments
  • Giving employees privilege and more power in company decision-making
  • Involving employees in a crucial situation whenever possible
  • Adopting technology and automation to better reach every team within an organisation, including remote employees
  • Continuously emphasising company’s mission  
  • Partnering with managers and leaders to work together toward employee enablement

In conclusion, employee enablement is about focusing on employees, team, and stakeholders first before anything else. Once you improve your employees’ life, employees will willingly involve themselves in improving customers’ life.

Read also: More than Just a Feedback: Better Employee Engagement Strategy

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