What if you could convince your team to dedicate more time to work without any added cost to you? Believe it or not, the simple act of offering your employees more control over their work schedule could ensure that they become more productive. It may seem counterintuitive, but what it comes down to is that More Freedom = More Productivity.
Here are a few reasons why.
Jessica Stillman, in a recent article in Inc. magazine, cites the work of three European professors who conducted a study into the relationship between employee autonomy and productivity. They specifically paid attention to how different type of employee schedules impacts his or her comfort, and as a direct result, his or her results. What the team ultimately found is that, surprisingly, employees with notoriously clock-watching superiors were less likely to put in extra effort than those with leaders who had given them more control over their own work time.
It would also appear, that those employees who were allowed to set their own schedules put in, on average, more than 7 extra hours per week above what they were required to do.
Essentially, the reason behind this is that by treating employees like mature adults, team leaders are activating internal motivators. By requiring someone to be accountable, and giving them room to effectively rise to that challenge, they will be more inclined to do well on your company’s behalf. They will put in extra hours, they will be more motivated, and importantly, they will produce positive results.
While this model won’t quite work in the worlds of service and retail, office-based teams exist in an environment conducive to this modern level of autonomy.
Read more at Inc.com.
It may seem difficult at first, but granting your employees room to complete their tasks in a way that plays to their strengths will ultimately make your business more effective. If you’ve hired well, your team will thrive in an environment that allows them some freedom over their own schedules, and they will most likely impress you by their increased productivity and heightened level of commitment.
Do you want your employees to be more productive, but haven’t quite found the balance between structure and autonomy? What are some ways you have worked to implement self-management strategies into your office environment? Have they been effective? Why or why not?