Establishing freedom in work: best practices

Merel Wijnands

Establishing freedom in work: best practices

Many people are naturally autonomous. They want to determine for themselves when and how they do things, both inside and outside of their professional environments.  It is therefore valuable to be aware of this, and to provide employees with the scope to perform their work in their own manner. When employees are empowered and autonomous, work becomes more enjoyable and efficient.

34% of employees report having enough freedom to carry out their work

Best practices: Establishing freedom in work

Examine to what extent results oriented working can be introduced and allow employees the freedom to choose how they will accomplish their goals. At first it is often wise to offer support and advice, however over time the need for this will reduce.

Be aware of the level of freedom employees can handle and aim to gradually extend it.

Take the time to clearly explain why certain investments cannot be made. When employees are given timely explanations, their level of frustration often decreases.

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