Autonomy + Recognition = Loyalty

This month we have been discussing the various things you can do as an employer to retain quality employees with the goal of strengthening relationships and increasing levels of loyalty. Non-monetary benefits such as telecommuting are perks that many job seekers look for when applying for and accepting new positions. Another benefit that keeps many employed within an organization for the long haul is autonomy in work and recognition for a job well done.

Employee autonomy is proven to be beneficial for both the individual and the organization as a whole. Providing your employees with independence in their work lets them know that you have faith in their abilities to get the job done. Micromanaging every aspect of a project can be incredibly discouraging and can inhibit success and productivity, especially when you factor in differences in personalities and working styles.

Additionally, giving your employees appropriate levels of autonomy is beneficial for the employer in a number of ways. When employees have independence in their work, they are less likely to fall into the vicious cycle of boredom and discouragement which leads to lower levels of productivity. When those cycles are avoided, your employees will be more satisfied in their positions and more likely to assume more responsibilities and pride in their work.

When said job is not only completed, but completed in an exemplary manner, providing your employees with sufficient praise (both publicly and privately) does a lot to boost morale and encourage continued efforts. When individuals know that their work is appreciated and that they and their contributions to the company are valued, morale and confidence levels spike.

Remember that each employee works and operates differently, so provide each with suitable levels of management and autonomy depending on what will reap the best results for all parties involved. Allowing employees with the freedom to make decisions and manage their workloads, when managed appropriately, and delivering recognition and appreciation for successes and accomplishments will help you establish a workplace full of satisfied, engaged, long-term individuals.  

The Choice of Leadership

Do you choose to be a leader? As managers, business owners, and employees, we have a choice of what we bring to the table every day. Whether you’re a CEO or the employee that empties the trash, you have the choice to be a leader.

Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John Maxwell once stated, “Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.”

History is full of good leaders, but some of those leaders who were good at influencing their audience have led their countries or companies towards destructive and unethical actions. I define a good leader as someone who influences those around them and encourages behavior that aligns with positive and ethical goals. A true leader in an organization recognizes when behavior is outside of the organization’s goals or professional boundaries, and uses their “sphere of influence” to encourage those around them towards positive change. (more…)