Studies have shown that increased levels of decision-making are significantly correlated with more engagement, better performance, and higher levels of satisfaction. If you take a closer look at this, it is easy to see why. For instance: If an employee’s working hours can be arranged more flexibly, the more likely the person is to be able to meet multiple demands – and this may even lead to a better quality of work and life. All people naturally yearn for a sense of independence, to benefit from more freedom of choice, and more personal responsibility –– especially as this provides a sense of trust.
Let your team decide from where and at what hours they want to work. The increased flexibility leads to a better work-life balance, better well-being, and can even increase performance and productivity.
Empower your workforce. Encourage creative input and participation in projects, involve them in important and relevant decision-making processes. Provide the team with new challenges every day, while leaving it up to the employees to decide which projects they want to be part of, or even take charge of, and which they would rather not. Because after all, being personally interested in a project also has a great influence on a participant’s motivation — and the more motivated the team, the better the result.
Basically, freedom of choice plays an important role in terms of autonomy, and the more decision alternatives, the better. This does not only apply to decisions regarding working hours or participation in projects: the freedom to decide on smaller and perhaps less important events also gives a feeling of autonomy. Like deciding whether to join the team for lunch, spend the break alone, or with your favorite colleague in the park to clear your head. Offer your team a choice of alternative actions but make clear and communicate frankly: everything is possible, nothing is mandatory.