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Post-COVID staff values autonomy, survey reveals

Post-COVID staff values autonomy, survey reveals

Employees in post-COVID workplaces expect more autonomy in how they meet their targets and objectives, according to a landmark survey.

The Evolution of Leadership Report 2022 questioned more than 1,000 Australian professionals and found staff increasingly shun micro-management and task-focused delegation.

The report, which you can download here, was created by new HR brand HR Leader and business management software provider The Access Group.

It dives into how people work most effectively, what makes a good leader and how the role is changing, and the HR and management interventions in a leader’s toolkit to keep people engaged while performing and developing.


John Maley, HR director at The Access Group commented in the report, “COVID-19 has accelerated some of the usually evolving workplace changes, including an expectation that employees can work remotely and be effective. Whilst that may have been the sort of change that developed over a decade or more, it has been forced upon us.

“Additionally, how we are emerging from COVID-19, with a stifling of the labour market supply, is also causing a seismic change in the way we approach managing our colleagues and teams. The war for talent can seldom have been fiercer.”

“Unless an employee is very junior or new to a role, micro-managing and task-focused delegation is out, and divesting of outcome and output responsibility is in,” said HR Leader’s editor, Shandel McAuliffe.

“The Evolution of Leadership Report 2022 gets to the heart of what it means to be a leader, what’s expected of HR in terms of supporting business leaders, and how the roles are changing. It’s a very interesting time to be in HR and leadership.”


The full report contains insights from The Access Group, brand-new HR and leadership brand HR Leader, as well as leadership and workplace relations specialists. Backed by a comprehensive survey, the report is a must read for HR, people leaders and line managers alike.

Adam Thorn

Adam Thorn

Adam is a journalist who has worked for more than 40 prestigious media brands in the UK and Australia. Since 2005, his varied career has included stints as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer and editor for publications as diverse as Fleet Street newspaper The Sunday Times, fashion bible Jones, media and marketing website Mumbrella as well as lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Woman’s Weekly, Men’s Health and Loaded. He joined Momentum Media in early 2020 and currently writes for Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

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