Google completed 10 years of research on what makes a good manager at a company. These 10 traits resonated with Team NRPR, as they reminded us of our own CEO, Nicole Rodrigues. Over the next 10 days, we are running a special series on this blog with our reactions to the list and what it means to be a good leader, written by individual NRPR staff members. This is post 2 of 10 in the series.

I think one of the biggest mistakes bosses and managers make in the workplace is micromanaging their employees. In my experience, this type of behavior not only demotivates the employee, but it takes away their self-confidence and prevents any feeling of empowerment. How can an employee feel they matter if they are never allowed to think for themselves?

Empowerment can look very different to everyone. To me, empowerment means being allowed to make my own mistakes, and having the support to learn from them while always being encouraged to grow and learn throughout the process.

I am lucky to work for an amazing boss who fosters each and every employee to feel empowered by speaking positively and celebrating our successes at every turn. Nicole Rodrigues, NRPR CEO, is always there to answer any and all questions, but she also allows us space to make mistakes, learn, and grow from the experience.

Thankfully, I can say I have not experienced any micromanagement at NRPR as I am encouraged to learn and explore yet I have provided clear and defined parameters. At NRPR, I am free to make my own decisions, which doesn’t mean they are always right BUT I am always encouraged to spread my wings and keep growing.

Nicole always encourages me to have my own thoughts and encourages me to share them with the rest of the team. Having the opportunity to work at a job that offers and provides empowerment is life changing. I can honestly say I look forward to going to work every day because I am lucky enough to work in an environment that allows me to feel safe, empowered and valued without being micromanaged.

Jessica Gilbert is an Assistant Account Executive at NRPR Group.