Empower Employees By Crowdsourcing Decisions

Posted by Sean Carmichael on Mar 16, 2015 8:30:38 AM

Crowdsourcing opens up the free exchange of ideas, with the problem being approached by different perspectives from your team.

As a manager in your business, you might be tempted to think that your experience and education has led you to a point where you have all the right answers.

The fact of the matter is that nothing could be further from the truth.

This is not to minimize your background and the depth of your professional history. However, you don't have the life experiences of many of your team members. You certainly don't have the life experiences ofall of your team members.

In other words, people who report to you might have some creative solutions that you hadn't anticipated.

This is why crowdsourcing in an organization is so valuable. Crowdsourcing, in case you're unfamiliar with the buzzword, is a means of obtaining ideas from a group of people. In this case, those people are members of your own team.

Crowdsourcing opens up the free exchange of ideas. People will be looking at the problem from different perspectives and each person on the team might have a different solution. Those perspectives and solutions will be offered from different life experiences. Some of the proposed ideas might be huge winners that you, as a manager, would never have even considered on your own.

Beyond that, crowdsourcing your decisions also empowers your employees. For starters, it gives them a sense of ownership over their work. It makes them feel as though they're not just there to do what they're told, but they're valuable members of the team who are expected to help make the company more successful.

Also, it changes employee perception of you as a manager. You're not just someone barking out orders. Instead, you're approachable and open to suggestions that will improve your operations.

Not every decision needs to come from the top down. Some of the best forward-thinking ideas for profitability can come from people who aren't even calling the shots at your company. Crowdsource your decision-making to get some of those ideas.

Topics: Innovation Insights, Challenges

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