An important question often comes up surrounding when to empower the employee and when to have controls in place. The first thought that a Manager will have relates to the complexity of the assignment being delegated. A simple task assignment to someone the Manager realizes knows how to do the task would allow for maximum empowerment. A task of some complexity or where the employee will be working on this type of assignment for the fits time may require some tighter parameters.
The delegated task can have “conditional empowerment.” This means that the employee is free to pursue the assignment within specified parameters but if the execution of the assignment ends up outside the parameters the condition would be for the employee to check back with the manager.