Granting your workers some degree of independence might be good for your business, according to researchers at Cornell University. You can get started by allowing your employees to make choices and by abandoning the idea of the 40-hour workweek, Jan Fletcher writes. It's also important to make sure your employees aren't bullying one another. "Nothing can diminish a sense of autonomy quicker than an overbearing boss or a tyrannical co-worker," she writes.

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