CONCEPTS AND STRATEGIES OF STAFF EMPOWERMENT
RAHAMA Sri Lanka believes that employee empowerment is an effective technique for increasing employee productivity of the organizational goals. Empowerment is put into practice since it is a process through which the teams develop the ability to continuously improve performance and help to improve it. The actions implemented on the empowerment of staff ushered advantages in many ways yet, not to outshine each other in applying the new technology, but in a high confidence level of employee commitment within organizational objectives in particular to understand the psycho-social complexities still prevailing to some extent within those communities affected by the prolonged conflicts.
Moreover, the concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be achieved through effective participation of boundary partners with sufficient contribution of RAHAMA through furtherance of advocacy support which demands empowered staff.
In this regard, RAHAMA could assist few staff to access higher academic qualifications at University level while few others could accomplish certificate level courses on relevant thematic areas. All staff could attend workshops or seminars to follow key subject areas namely ; Theory of Change, Microfinance, proficient Partnership concepts, Strategic Planning at institutional level, Leadership, SGD concepts were some of the sessions conducted to empower staff, mobilizers and Civil society leaders with added knowledge.
According to Fox (1998), “Employee empowerment is a process and through it develops a culture where dreams, goals, boundaries and attempts to influence staff’s decisions and the results will be shared with the entire organisation.
Since, RAHAMA feels that study tours are important moments in learning through shared social experience that provides the opportunity for staff to encounter and explore novel things in an authentic setting by exposing to professional organizations, a study tour was organized for staff to visit India in 2017.