How can empowerment lead to higher motivation of employees?

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Not all individuals grow up in supportive and loving households, and a person's self-esteem or self-perception can be greatly affected by the lack of these. When a person is empowered, they are not only seeing a different side of themselves, they are inspired to discover how they fit in within the dynamic around them. Empowerment is much like positive energy and optimism; the ripple effects can be felt down the line.

Business as usual sometimes forgets the complexity and depth of the individual, and without acknowledgment, understanding, and empowerment, people are not as likely to fully invest their time or energy in the projects upon which they work. This, in turn, detracts from both the potential of the business and the potential of the individual.

A motivated person is more open and tuned-in to their personal and professional situation and therefore more likely to care about the advancement of the business (or even themselves in the business). When one feels valued, their natural inclination is to be more invested in the project or task that provides this feeling.

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Empowerment can lead to greater motivation for employees by making them feel important and valued.

When employees are empowered, they are given the ability to make decisions for themselves.  This tends to make employees feel that they are not just cogs in a machine.  Instead, it makes them feel that they are intelligent and valued members of the team in their workplace.  This can raise their motivation and make them more excited working in their particular firm.

When workers feel that they are important, they are more likely to have high levels of morale.  Increased morale tends to lead to increased motivation to work well.

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