"Despite a substantial ...research showing that giving employees more autonomy and control leads to productivity growth, the UK in the last decade has been moving in the opposite direction."
Oxford professor Duncan Gallie and his colleagues found strong evidence of declining ‘task discretion’ and a significant reduction in autonomy in UK jobs.
Similarly, researchers Michael White and Stephen Hill suggest that while employees may have more freedom to decide how they deliver their targets, employers operate more rigorous regimes of accountability through sophisticated performance management systems and extensive surveillance.
Both studies show some workers have less control in their jobs than a decade ago, and that the use of IT in the workplace is one of the key areas for the erosion of autonomy.
Via Fabrice De Zanet, donhornsby, Deb Nystrom, REVELN