Employment Empowerment

Employee Empowerment

PSY/428 – Organizational Psychology

September 16, 2008

In this paper I am going to discuss techniques for training employees at all levels for shifts or changes in individual and group decision making responsibilities.   I will also look at the changes in the observation of a flat organizational model and what the benefits are in empowering employees.   I will attend to discuss what empowerment means and how employees are empowered in the workplace.
Empowerment is the method of allowing or permitting a person to think, believe, perform, be decisive and be in charge of work and decision making in an independent way.   It is a feeling of self-empowerment to have power over own future.
      Shifts and changes occur in many organizations over years.   Because employees are the determining factor for any company’s success level, change has to be embraced and understood by the employees in order for the benefits to be seen in advance.   A theory that shows its face in organizations is called a flat organization.   In a flat organization, there are limited barriers when making decisions between the employees and management.   This type of organization model empowers the employees to make executive decisions along with management.   In the decision making process, both group and individual components can be involved, however, sometimes it is difficult to know when to involve others in the decision-making process and to what degree.   As the old saying goes, “two heads are better than one,” however, most groups will out-perform individuals who work alone because groups problem-solving are usually of higher quality than individual solution.
      One appealing result is that the best isolated worker may surpass the group but in general, for a range of responsibilities, most groups will surpass the majority of people who work alone.   This is one of the main advantages of groups over individuals, which is also the subject of limitless research.   One...