The idea of autonomy is simple. It’s the freedom and flexibility to work when, where, and how you want.

In a compensation study conducted by Deloitte, 33% of 1,400 CFOs stated that telecommuting is the most influential factor in attracting top talent, and 46% said it was second behind salary.

In a Forbes articles written by Skrumble’s very own Eric Lifson, he discusses how employees are now seeking opportunities where they can control how they work and communicate within a company. He says that “they want to share their opinions throughout the company and create an actual impact. If managed properly, a flexible work environment and communication structure benefits the entirety of an organization”.

As an employee, you receive better opportunities to be productive, you build a trusting and loyal relationship with your employer, and you ensure that you enjoy the job you do.

As an employer, you have empowered team members who are dedicated to the company mission because they feel value in their roles which, in turn, makes them perform better, driving business success.

But, how do you achieve the structure and attributes to be trusted with such a task?

We put together a list of 3 things for both employees and employers to ensure that they are positioned for the many opportunities of autonomy:

Employee

When looking for the job for you, other than just salary and benefits, you’ll want to look for a position and a company that engages you. Here are 3 things to that you can work on to show employers that you can be a trusted and productive member of their team while working autonomously.

Communication is key: While working, employers need to know that you will effectively communicate with them about the progress of your work. Set clear expectations for yourself and show them how you intend to achieve them. Schedule weekly status meetings, integrate systems of organization into your routine that they can be a part of, and provide updates on specific things you are working on to keep them informed.

Connect with your team: Nothing energizes people more than working with a connected team, and nothing excites an employer more than seeing their employees work together to get the job done. Show the employer that you intend to work with your team, communicate well to fortify your relationships and create a sense of community, no matter where everyone is stationed. 

Take ownership and be proactive: When you aren’t in the office every day, you need to relay the benefit of you being a member of the team to your employer. Instead of waiting for others to check in with you, seek opportunities for you to interact with other team members, manage your time efficiently, and find ways to ensure that you are productive.

Employer

When looking to hire new employees or more importantly, retain the ones you have, you’ll need to relay the benefits of working with your business. Here are 3 things that you can work on to ensure that your team members are empowered to do a great job, feel supported in their roles, and love what they do.

Give trust to get loyalty: By embracing the practices of autonomy in the workplace and improving company procedures, you can work on putting practices in place that are needed to make working remotely successful. Allowing strategic opportunities for team members to work how they want will help to show your trust in them and create a sense of loyalty amongst one another.

Employ collaboration opportunities: By using services in place to help your team come together, you are helping connect them in their work and build lasting relationships. Connected teams encourage active engagement, which leads to better opportunities for approaching tasks and producing valuable work.

Be transparent: Whether this means revisiting the organizational structure from top down to horizontal, team members need to know more information on the key business decisions being made so they are able to perform well in their positions. When the barriers of information are no longer there, employees have the opportunity to get involved, be heard, and are more likely to be invested in the success of the business because they feel, in some way, directly involved.

Finding businesses or employees that align with your goals can be difficult. However, when you do, you want to make sure that you are 100% ready and able to work with one another to achieve great things. As an employee, you must put yourself out there, give everything you have and show that you deserve the responsibility of working autonomously and can perform better under those circumstances. Where as, as an employer you must create the opportunities for team members to feel like a supported part of the team so that they will personally be invested in not only their own mission, but the company success as well.

Author: Shelby

Hi everyone! I’m Shelby.
I got pulled into the tech scene to write content for this really cool startup, Skrumble. If I’m not typing here, you can find me refilling my coffee mug.