Autonomy is the freedom to accomplish great work on one’s own terms. In an article for Quartz, Belle Beth Cooper shares statistics on why autonomy is so important for employee engagement. For instance, assorted studies have shown that increased autonomy leads to lower turnover among workers in nursing homes, and that it alleviates negative emotions in people working customer service. More surprisingly, a study of 2,000 people found that they were almost two and a half times more likely to select a job that granted more autonomy over a job that granted more influence. I personally find that pretty surprising.
To learn more, you can view the full article here: http://qz.com/676144/why-its-your-call-is-the-best-thing-you-can-say-to-keep-employees-happy/