Autonomy at Work
Motivate people to do their best by creating a workplace that fosters autonomy.
Put Autonomy to Work
We all want autonomy—the freedom to choose for ourselves and take initiative. When given the license to decide how and where they work, people are happier, more committed, and perform better. One study found that companies that encourage autonomy outperform those that don’t by 17 percent.
Here are three things you can do to encourage autonomy in your workplace:
- Be Purposeful
Motivate people to do their best by giving them the freedom to choose from a variety of settings tailored to support specific work activities.
- Be Flexible
Empower people to fine-tune these settings by providing furnishings they can arrange and adjust.
- Be Supportive
Accommodate alternative work arrangements with a workplace that gracefully handles daily fluctuations in the number of employees.