What is workplace autonomy?
Workplace autonomy refers to employees taking ownership of their own work schedule, location, and working arrangements. It means giving employees the freedom and choice to choose when, where, and how they work as long as they meet their job requirements. Companies with high workplace autonomy are often output-driven workplaces and focus more on the goal than how you get there.
Workplace autonomy can be achieved by building a clear understanding of targets, goals and expectations and then allowing employees to work remotely or have flexibility over their working hours. This approach empowers employees to manage their own time and responsibilities and can result in increased job satisfaction, motivation, and productivity.
Employers can also benefit from increased employee retention, reduced absenteeism, and strong culture fit amongst employees. It requires a high level of trust between employees and their managers, alongside clear communication and guidelines to ensure that everyone is aware of their expectations and responsibilities.