A management practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance.

Empowerment is based on the idea that giving employees skills, resources, authority, opportunity, motivation, as well holding them responsible and accountable for outcomes of their actions, will contribute to their competence and satisfaction.

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  • There are many intangible benefits to my job: great colleagues, interesting tasks, many new challenges, but most of all, empowerment to make decisions in my department.

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  • By keeping my staff informed of changes within the company and thoroughly training them in all processes I am giving them a sense of empowerment.

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  • Rhonda's weight loss increased her self-confidence considerably, giving her a sense of empowerment she'd never experienced while overweight and self-conscious.

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