Freedom Inc

Emma De Vita reviews Brian Carney and Issac Getz's new book on employee autonomy

The two authors of Freedom Inc: Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth (yes, it is an American book) argue that "if only people can be free to act in the best interests of their company, the results will be tremendous".

How can this be applied to the third sector? It all comes down to autonomy and to building a work environment that is trusting, non-hierarchical and liberated.

This doesn't mean turning your office into a neo-hippie commune, complete with mung beans, incense and The Mamas & The Papas blaring out through the Tannoy system. Instead, the trick is to listen to your staff rather than tell them what to do, treat them as equals and avoid limiting information through a trickle-down hierarchy.

Finally, enable them to commit to their jobs by making them actually want to do them rather than imposing things on them.

No doubt this is all easier said than done, but the idea is that you allow your staff to fulfil their potential and, in turn, become more productive and loyal.

Perhaps it all boils down to being happy at work. Isn't it your duty to lead the way? Time to embrace the positive energy, man.

Emma De Vita is features and books editor of Management Today

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in
Follow us on:

Latest Jobs

RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners

Markel

Expert Hub

Insurance advice from Markel

Managing risk at outdoor events

Managing risk at outdoor events

Partner Content: Presented By Markel

Voluntary and community events are increasingly popular, especially around this time of year.

Third Sector Logo

Get our bulletins. Read more articles. Join a growing community of Third Sector professionals

Register now