As companies try to right size their ranks with infrastructure and employees, the question of how to manage their resources is always on the top of the list.  Employees are yearning for transparency from management, and looking for autonomy to do their jobs…or are they?  In previous blogs we have talked about how employees are more satisfied in their roles when they have a direct line to management.  Most employees do not want their boss to tell them how to do their jobs, just what they want done.  That is what the common thought process was.  Too much managing how to do the job, and the manager becomes known as a “dictator”.  Not enough care in how the job is done, and the manager becomes known as weak.

In an article from the Columbia Business School, Professor Sheena Iyengar created experiments to see how much autonomy and decision making really effects performance of employees.  The findings show that the best employees have struck a balance of autonomy and decision making, while having some rules in place so that leaders don’t end up looking like they don’t have a grasp or care of a department.  Creating the balance so management and employees are most effective should be the goal for all companies.  Managepoint has consulting services that can help you with all of your needs when it comes to Human Resource decisions, styles and processes.  Read more about the study done at Columbia Business College here.  Contact Managepoint for all of your Human Resources needs.

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