Does your organization offer autonomy in the workplace? This cultural aspect may be more important than you think! Autonomy is the state of being self-governed, but we think it’s so much more than that. To us, autonomy means you know you have control over the direction of your life through workplace freedom in decision making, time management, and more. Here’s why autonomy in the workplace is vital for your organization to prosper.
Individuals who have the authority to make decisions in the workplace feel more valued and happier, not just at work but with life overall. Because work stress can easily overflow into all aspects of our lives, employees with autonomy tend to feel more content in the office and at home. Having flexibility with our projects, time, and energy allows employees to show up as their best selves when they have the mental capacity to do so.
Offering autonomy in the workplace gives employees a level of responsibility that allows them to learn and grow within their position. With the increased responsibility needed to work autonomously, employees will learn more through their work and decision-making than micromanaged. Offering autonomy means that employees not only have ownership over their work but they also have consequences from their decisions. This freedom creates learning opportunities and allows employees to evolve into better workers and better leaders.
Allowing employees to have autonomy will result in the best work possible. When employees choose what to work on, they can give their best focus and energy to the projects. Micromanagement and dependence in the workplace stifle creativity, hurting productivity and the completion of quality work.
Autonomy helps cut monotony in the workplace, which can be a barrier in creative spaces. By allowing employees to have control over their work and decisions, creativity will increase. In an industry where peak creativity is often crucial, prioritizing autonomy is simply a no-brainer to produce the best work possible.
Attract the best talent
In today’s workplace climate, those in the market for a new job are searching for a level of freedom with their new position. Organizations that can offer their potential employees autonomy will be more attractive than those that cannot. Even if businesses cannot provide more money or better benefits, offering autonomy gives employees the freedom they want in a career.
Is autonomy prevalent in your work culture? How do you think it has contributed to your workplace success?