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Employee autonomy stimulates performance and creativity

Successful leaders don't micro-manage - they foster the conditions in which their employees can thrive.

Successful leaders don’t micro-manage – they foster the conditions in which their employees can thrive. Higher performance can be motivated by perks like employee incentive programs. To increase the effectiveness of these programs, leaders should work to create an environment that draws the best out of each team member.

According to Gensler’s 2013 U.S. Workplace Study, giving employees opportunities to make meaningful decisions and control their workplace is a catalyst for engaged, high-performing and innovative workers. Flexibility allows employees to discover conditions that help them work productively, such as earlier work hours. Autonomy can foster responsibility and creativity. With more choices, workers innovate eight percent more, perform five percent better and are ten percent more satisfied with their job, the study found. Team members are also more focused, collaborate better and learn more when they have control over their workplace.

To craft a more effective work environment, managers should evaluate which types of choices correspond with the company’s needs. For example, Facebook allows its employees to arrange the layout of their workspace to suit personal preferences, according to Harvard Business Review. Another approach is to offer a variety of awards in employee reward and recognition programs, increasing the motivational power of the incentives.

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