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Communication, Autonomy and Behaviour

If you want to have a significant impact on behaviour in your workplace, management must consider the importance of communication and the engagement effects of autonomy. The work of Kurt Lewin (a German-American psychologist) who is considered one of the pioneers of social psychology. His research from the early 1940's is often credited with shaping our understanding of group dynamics and change management.

In terms of the workplace, Lewin's work highlights the importance of communication and autonomy in promoting effective and efficient organizational change. Lewin's "force field analysis" model suggests that any change in an organisation involves both driving and restraining forces. He believed that effective change requires a balance between these two types of forces.

With regard to communication, Lewin emphasized the importance of effective communication in promoting organizational change. He believed that clear, open, and honest communication is necessary to build trust and support for change. This helps to reduce resistance to change and ensures that all stakeholders are informed and involved in the process.

In terms of autonomy, Lewin believed that empowering employees to make decisions and act independently leads to increased motivation and job satisfaction. This can improve communication by creating a culture of trust and collaboration, where employees feel valued and invested in the success of the organization.

Kurt Lewin's work highlights the importance of communication and autonomy in promoting effective and efficient change in the workplace. Effective communication helps to build trust and support for change while empowering employees with autonomy can increase motivation and job satisfaction.


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