Motivate your team by giving them Autonomy
Imagine you were alone in the office, no one to direct your work. What would you do? You may think it is the perfect time to tackle an important and interesting project you’ve been putting off, the kind of work that requires uninterrupted time or is cognitively demanding. You may complete the list of tiny tasks that impede your productivity or maybe tidy your desktop to clear your mind. After such a day of total autonomy, you’ll go home feeling accomplished and inspired.
In my 5 Drivers to Really Motivate Employees, I started discussing my RAMPP model for motivation. One driver, the A in the model is for autonomy. Managers often believe that the most effective way to manage is to direct people toward specific activities. That doesn’t inspire much enthusiasm, because few employees want to be told what to do and when to do something. The difference between the above scenarios is the alternative mindset of what “I want to” vs. what “I have to.”
Here are 4 ways your leaders can empower employees towards autonomy:
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