How much autonomy works for you?
Many studies of organisational performance have found that autonomy at work helps people to feel more satisfied with their job and increases productivity. There is also some evidence that having a sense of autonomy reduces emotional exhaustion and overall job fatigue.
Autonomy at work essentially means having a job where you can make at least some of the decisions on your own. The degree of autonomy you have can vary dramatically, from having a say in your own goals or the projects you work on, to deciding when and where to do your work.
Our individual preference for autonomy will also vary, some of us like a great deal and some of us only a small amount, with every variation you can think of in between.
Ultimately, making sure your role is a good fit for you, and that the level of autonomy you have in your job matches the amount of autonomy you like to have, is the best strategy to ensure what’s best for you.
However, if the autonomy balance feels out of alignment for you, what can you do?
- Talk with your manager – let them know you would like more (or less) autonomy. Let them know how this will be helpful for you and your performance.
- If you are unsure about talking with your manager, consider who else in the organisation you can ask for help to start a conversation.
- You may also want to consult with your HR contact person or access your workplace EAP scheme for some support and ideas.
Tips for building resilience
The following link provides some tips on how to build resilience to work challenges: Top 10 resilience tips
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