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Create A More Autonomous Workplace


It’s a job seeker’s market at the moment, which means savvy companies must reimagine viewing job seekers as simply job seekers, and view job candidates the same way they view customers. Reimagining candidates as customers means viewing them as consumers who are shopping around for positions and choosing positions at the organizations that offer what they’re looking for. One thing today’s job candidates seek is autonomy.

Traditionally, organizational structure has called for strict oversight of employees, especially those in more entry-level positions, with more autonomy granted (sometimes) at the managerial level. However, things are changing and research suggests that not only is more autonomy want employees want, but it strengthens an organization.

What is Autonomy?

Autonomy is providing employees the freedom of choice when it comes to work. Autonomy can look like:

  • A flexible schedule.
  • Getting to pick where you work.
  • Choice in the number of projects you take on.
  • Freedom to make professional decisions without having to go through layers of approval.

Autonomous workplaces foster a happier and more productive culture, as employees directly benefit from greater flexibility and increased faith from their managers.

How to Create Autonomy

If your department lacks this kind of empowered environment there are several things to consider. First, define what autonomy means in your organization or department. When you know what you’re working toward, carrying out the necessary steps will be easier.

If you want to encourage better success, more job satisfaction, and increased productivity, consider these ways to create the right environment for independence:

Set Employees up for Success

Providing your staff members with the right training will allow you to relinquish control over tasks and allow them to perform their roles with confidence. When you doubt that your team is properly trained, it’s easier to keep micromanaging.

Define Boundaries

Autonomy doesn’t simply allow your team members to do whatever they want. Instead, it means they all work toward the same goals and under the same standards, but with more freedom in the choices they take to reach those goals. Setting expectations and structuring how you’ll measure results gives everyone clear parameters.

Reward Good Work

Recognizing employees who excel at working autonomously will boost their confidence and give others the incentive to reap the rewards for themselves.

Offer Remote Work

Today’s employees overwhelmingly want to work remotely. While this isn’t possible with every industry or position, if your workplace is conducive to remote work, we recommend considering it. Remote work is the ultimate in workplace autonomy, allowing workers to work in the environment that makes them most productive, set a schedule that works for them, and work in a fashion that’s going to produce the best results. Need help convincing your bosses to implement remote work? Here’s some help!

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Author: Alisiana Peters

Alisiana is a senior marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.