Open the Lines of Communication
Most employees don’t feel the need to give feedback or make decision; because they know whatever they will suggest will eventually become their manager’s suggestion, which means that he or she will take all the credit. The first therefore in empowering your employees is to ensure them that their suggestions, innovations and feedback are exclusive and will be heard at the highest level.
People work for money and as a manager you need to understand that if you deprive them of bonuses and raises for an extended duration, they will stop coming up with ideas.
Encourage Safe Failure In Your Employees
Employees have an in built hesitance and they will be more than comfortable if as a manger, you are constantly getting involves in each decision process, for it makes their job risk free. However, that is not how the managers should operate. Instead, they should inculcate a culture in which employees should take calculated risks and in case there is a failure, they should not be discouraged.
Create a comfort zone for each employee and assign tasks to him or her according to that. That does not mean that you put roadblocks in the path of their job enrichment, but only ensures that employees don’t complain that were assigned something which was not related to their speciality.