Sep 01, 2020 in Viewpoint

Why identity and autonomy in the workplace matter

Imagine the concrete and belonging needs of your company are all in place. Employees feel healthy and safe and feel like they belong. This paves the way to peak performance. Peak performance is a moment when everything flows, and employees and companies achieve exceptional performance. This also is the top of the Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being. How to get to the top?

Esmeé van Vliet
by Esmeé van Vliet
Workplace well-being
How to get to the top of the Mapiq pyramid of workplace well-being?

The actualization needs

The actualization needs are the top of the Mapiq pyramid. After defining the concrete and belonging needs, the actualization needs are more abstract. We’re talking about identity and autonomy. Open communication and shared values are the foundation of a peak culture. Technology can help with transparency, communication, and autonomy, even remote. But what does identity and autonomy in the workplace mean?

“Peak performance is a moment when an individual puts it all together, when everything flows and they achieve an exceptional performance.”

Anne Wernand, Head of Research at Mapiq

Identity and employee happiness

Identity is about sharing the same purpose, values, and goals as the company you work for. Employees need to feel like the work they do is significant. This starts with the vision and goals of the company. These have to be communicated in a way that motivates the employees. But it’s more than just branding, the vision has to be incorporated in the experience of employees, while working remotely or working in the office. This shared sense of identity is the basis of company actualization. Companies with a clearly communicated vision often have a high level of employee happiness.

Autonomy and well-being

To reach the top of the pyramid, you also need autonomy. Autonomy in the workplace refers to how much freedom of choice employees have while working. Greater autonomy tends to lead to increased job satisfaction. Environments that support autonomy enhance performance and well-being. However, autonomy is quite abstract. You can give employees autonomy for example, by allowing them to work when and where they like, set employees in charge of their responsibilities, and make autonomous teams.

Outpace competitors with smart technology

The concrete needs interact with the belonging needs and the belonging needs interact with the actualization needs and together, they create those moments of peak performance. Companies that make all three levels of the pyramid a priority will outpace competitors in productivity and talent retention. Smart technology can help to reach the top.

Give employees a frictionless workday

Personalized software can give employees a sense of belonging and belief in their shared identity. Technology can facilitate autonomy by giving employees control over their work environment. Especially for the post-Corona era, our new product Office Shifts helps companies guide thousands of employees back to work, safely. Interested? Our team can tell you more.

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