DrupalCon Seattle 2019: A Real-World Guide to Empowering Employees

Finding engaged, loyal and conscientious employees is perhaps the holy grail of human resources, especially in small businesses where even one unsatisfied employee can undermine the success of the whole team. The secret to having a staff of committed partners isn’t finding the right people - it’s making them.

Almost every employee has the potential to become a passionate contributor to your business. Your job is to create an environment of empowerment that encourages the decision-making and personal growth that leads to increased productivity, improved work quality, more cohesive teams, and employees who are deeply satisfied by the work they are doing.

In this session, we will talk about how to develop empowered employees by:


Building the trust required for employees to challenge themselves

Designing clear, consistent opportunities for leadership

Redefining supervisor and peer dynamics

Creating a decision framework and breaking down barriers to action

Outlining a path for self-perpetuating growth

Establishing empowerment as a company value



We will cover a broad range of practical examples from both inside and outside of the tech sector. The session is appropriate for everyone.

“As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” - Bill Gates