Does the team have a mandate to change?

Is there a risk that the team has been given the responsibility of achieving the goal without simultaneously having the authority to change working methods to achieve it? What authority would the group need more of in such a case? Think it over! 
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Happier teams

Does the team have a mandate to change?

When a team is to manage itself, it is important that they have degrees of freedom to do so. A meta-analysis from 2011 by psychology researcher Ashley Nixon and her colleagues found that lack of control or autonomy at work is related to a number of different psychological symptoms, such as fatigue, sleep disorders, lack of appetite – regardless of number of hours worked or workload. The meta-analysis also showed the importance of giving employees the authority to influence their work by giving them responsibility over results and goals. If employees are made responsible for achieving goals but are not given the freedom to influence working methods, for example, they risk increasing employee anxiety and overload at work.