A new practical guide by Carsten Lund Pedersen, is a clear guide on how to support the autonomy among your employees. Employee autonomy provides for more innovative employees and a more agile company, among other things.
Many benefits to be had for businesses
Few things come about on their own. Employee autonomy – in other words, employees who embark on initiatives and make decisions on their own – is not one of them. The practical guide ‘Empowering Employees: A How-to-guide for assisting autonomy’ by Carsten Lund Pedersen talks about this. However, the effort required is well worth it. With employees who have a high degree of autonomy, a number of benefits are to be had for the company.
Efficient employees and an agile company
The practical guide emphasizes, among other things, that employees with a high degree of autonomy are found to be more motivated, creative, innovative, and efficient. Altogether, this means that they are better able to get new ideas on behalf of the company – ideas that help differentiate the company from the competition and enable them to become more competitive. When the decision-making power is vested among the employees and as a result do not need to run issues past their managers, the company is able to act in a more agile manner. An agile company is a great advantage today, where development is faster than ever. Employee autonomy is for instance an indispensable ingredient in the development of digital solutions of companies, where rapid testing, learning and adaptation are key. And although digitalization is a priority at boardrooms, the practical guide points out that the autonomous initiatives of the employees generate the greatest successes within the area.
Provides concrete plan
Although employee autonomy brings numerous benefits, many managers do not know how to stimulate it among their employees. The practical guide will help with this. It takes a closer look at the factors that must be present in a company in order to facilitate employee autonomy. Research in this area shows that companies that have strong competencies in relation to employee autonomy are particularly effective on four points that are crucial for success – namely trust, teams, tools, and time. The practical guide focuses on each element with a practical approach and provides concrete advice and guidance on how to improve each area, in order to encourage employee autonomy within the company. With this practical guide in hand, it is thus possible to establish a comprehensive and concrete plan for how to embark on increased employee autonomy.
Video: A how-to-guide for assisting autonomy
Carsten Lund Pedersen
Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS
Although employee autonomy brings numerous benefits, many managers do not know how to stimulate it among their employees. The practical guide will help with this.