Autonomy vs. compliance
At its core, compliance exists out of necessity: It protects businesses, employees and clients. With unique risks in every corner, it’s no surprise that a growing number of executives are keeping close tabs on their employees.
One common pitfall? Hindered agility and speed. To remain nimble in today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving business climate, employees must be able to act decisively — without constant leadership input. While top-level check-ins are crucial to compliance, an excessively stringent enforcement model can add unnecessary friction to day-to-day workflows.
We asked executives and employees whether they perceived an imbalance between autonomy and compliance. The results indicated some degree of polarization:
- Overall, 60% of respondents believe that too much autonomy is increasing risk, while 40% believe that too many compliance rules are slowing them down.
Among the respondents, employees were split 50/50. Executives, on the other hand, leaned toward the former belief: 66% expressed concern that excess autonomy opens the door to risk.