Leadership Nudge™ – Give Control, Save Lives
Today, I want to tell you about a study which shows how important control is to people’s lives and their health.
Now, the basis for this study is something called the JDC (Job Demand-Control Model).
The idea is: If I can look at a job and plot it on two different dimensions the two different dimensions would be
- How demanding is it?
- Are there time limits?
- Does it require focus, etc.
- Is it cognitively taxing?
Basically, you’re all in demanding jobs.
- Over the work that I do.
- How I do it
- Where and when that I do it
Now it turns out, that for low demand jobs, giving people more control does not have a positive impact on their life. But in high demand jobs, a long-term study showed that people with higher control had a 43% less chance of dying during the period of this study than people in high demand/low control jobs.
So, as leaders, when you start giving your people control over how and where and when they work, not only are you getting a better outcome for yourself, and are they feeling good, but you’re actually saving their lives.
I’m David Marquet and that’s your leadership nudge.