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Should you empower your employees or enable them?


'Empowered' people have moved to front-stage in the rhetoric of management.

Rhetoric is also being matched by action, to judge by anecdotal reports and management surveys. One of the latter, for example, found that 56% of the British managers questioned were planning to empower their employees. But such statistics are not as encouraging as they seem. Clearly, well over half the companies concerned had not yet introduced whatever they meant by 'empowerment' .


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