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Managers 'should seek to provide more autonomy to workers'

9 June 2011

Interim managers could improve the overall efficiency of their business by taking steps to improve the autonomy of workers.

John Smythe, chief executive officer of engagement consultancy Engage for Change, told HR Magazine that many UK employees currently feel that they are kept in the dark over decision-making, which limits their ability to be proactive.

As such, managers should seek to improve the communication of business goals to workers, while also aiming to devolve certain elements of strategic planning to employees.

Mr Smythe highlighted a recent Engage for Change study which suggested that employees that are offered greater opportunities to collaborate are likely to feel more engaged, which offers business benefits.

"Developing a culture that says 'we are all in it together' also helps forge a stronger sense of alignment with the business, which in turn can help grow a more cohesive workplace," he explained.

Earlier this week, people development company European Leaders stated that a focus on communicating corporate values and engaging staff is a common feature of top-performing organisations.

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Categories: Human Resources


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