The answer has emerged from a two-year study by the University of Birmingham Business School. Results show that: Employees with higher levels of autonomy have better overall wellbeing and higher levels of job satisfaction.\
The university’s ‘Autonomy in Paid Work and Employee Subjective Wellbeing’ research found that job role influences the degree of autonomy – and therefore well-being amongst employees.
• 90% of employees working in management have some or a lot of autonomy
• Half those in lower skilled roles have no control over working hours
• Professional workers experience significant autonomy, however less than those in management roles
• Skilled trades experience various degrees of control; some have little autonomy whilst others can influence and/or control their work allocation and schedule
The Gender Gap
The research also found that the level of autonomy differs between male and female employees.
“For women, flexibility over the timing and location of their work appeared to be more beneficial allowing them to balance other tasks such as family commitments.”
He added that the manner of work and control over work schedule was more relevant to the wellbeing of female employees, whereas men were more affected by job tasks, pace of work and task order.
Location is not a barrier to autonomy – support and communication play a vital role and today’s technology facilities these factors regardless of location. Dealing with the excitement and uncertainty of settling into a new country as well as a new role makes well-being even more important for new assignees.
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