first and foremost define what that freedom will look like.
- the opportunity to excel or the opportunity to text and check Facebook,
- the ability to advance in a position or the ability to progress to the next level of Candy Crush, or
- the necessity to complete a project or the necessity to see who will do the Starbucks run
While this sounds almost Utopian for the employee, it also means a high level of confidence from the business owners by trusting employees to use their “freedom” constructively showing creativity and competence. To achieve this, it is important how freedom is defined.
How employers and employees view freedom in the workplace can differ greatly. One of the most important aspects of “freedom” in the workplace is for employers to clearly define for employees exactly what that freedom entails. Freedom without parameters can lead to excessive texting, Candy Crush leveling up, Facebook updating and Latte cup stains on that important report. Do you know what your employees are really doing with the freedom you have given them? Have you ever wanted to speak to an employee who has mysteriously vanished only to find out later they have an appointment but neglected to let anyone know? Who controls your employees’ hours – or do they come and go without much supervision?
The two polar opposites of micro managing and allowing freedom in the workplace both hold issues for business owners and management. No matter how you view it - it is always about “the bottom” line, creating revenue and advancing business, neither reserved micromanagement nor unrestrained freedom will work at increasing the bottom line.
Find the happy medium that benefits both the company and employees:
The first stage is to define if freedom in the workplace is what a company wants. The next question for business owners and management is the definition of freedom. Once the definition is decided upon then the rest falls into place with greater ease.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. ~ Ghandi
Freedom in the workplace can be freedom to move forward. It allows employees to research new ways to do their jobs, advance knowledge in their field and more importantly not being apprehensive about approaching business owners and management with new ideas. Because let’s face it, the freedom you give an employee is the best way to say you trust them.
Let everyone know they are important in the company advancing, everyone who works for you is a stakeholder in your success, let all employees know - if the company succeeds, then they succeed and more importantly, acknowledge your employees creativity.
Freedom of ideas and creativity can be defined as freedom in the workplace. This brings ingenuity and advancement towards the company’s success. When all can contribute their ideas freely and know they played a part not only, in the success of the company but also their own, then workplace freedom has a new constructive meaning.
So the key of “Freedom in the workplace” means ideas, creativity and the freedom to share the common vision and goal of where your company is heading.
Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness. ~ Frank Tyger