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5 Easy Steps To Foster Accountability In Your Workplace

5 Easy Steps To Foster Accountability In Your Workplace

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Did you know that nine out of every ten businesses fail? I am not trying to discourage you, but that’s the truth. It’s not the lack of having big dreams or passion, it’s the lack of commitment and introspection required to translate that passion into solid actions.

Most of the people who start businesses get caught in the trap of making excuses, wasting time, and leaving things for tomorrow. That is what we call a lack of accountability, and there are reasons why you keep finding reasons for not getting stuff done. Here is why.

What Is Accountability And Why Is It Important In The Work Place?

When we say “accountability,” many people think about getting “caught” for their actions. At the workspace, this term is misunderstood for ratting out other co-workers or catching employees in the middle of wrongdoing.

Therefore, it is understood that most people have the wrong idea about accountability. However, there is a more positive definition for it.

At a workplace, accountability is all about creating and holding employees at a common expectation. This will be defined by the company’s vision, mission, values, and goals. On the other hand, employee accountability is where all employees of the organization (including the senior posts and entry posts) are responsible for working together and accomplishing the company’s goals.

There is no doubt that accountability plays a critically vital role in the workspace. However, it needs to be equally balanced with giving employees the liberty with their roles. This way, they will feel more empowered to work better and harder so that they can take claim their work seek excellence.

Therefore, fostering a culture of accountability will help create a high-performing company.

5 Ways To Foster Accountability In The Workplace

As mentioned earlier, simply emphasizing the importance of accountability to your organization can be easy. However, the challenging part is where you talk to them about how to be accountable on their own.

Listed below are five tactical ways you can use to try and foster the value of accountability within your organization.

Be Willing To Announce Changes

One of the perfect examples of this is the instances where managers and employers often deal with the same problem repeatedly. However, they also raise any solutions to tackle this, which leaves the issue as a red flag.

To make a change, you need to start caring and empathizing with the organization and its employees. This is the first step to promoting accountability in your workplace.

Take Responsibility For Dealing With An Issues

More often than not, employees are quick to point their fingers at other employees when there is a problem. On the other hand, there are a few employees who will simply turn a blind eye because “it is not their job.”

As a leader, you must send a message and show them by example that delivering high-quality results is the responsibility of every employee. As an incentive, people who take responsibility and actively help solve problems can be rewarded. 

Make Positive Decisions/Choices

In most cases, new employees or think they do not carry the required qualification will shy away from making major decisions. This is extremely important to promote accountability.

Therefore, make sure that your organization constantly works to empower employees positively. Keep an eye out for negative emotions and do not allow them to creep in.

Think About The Consequences Of An Action Before Implementing It

Before taking any action, be sure to think about it before implementing it. Are you simply trying to get problems off of your back, or are you creating a long-term solution for the client? THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!

Set High Goals And Expectations For Your Organization

One way to easily inspire the employee is by setting high expectations. This way, you will know that others are following your lead, making it easier to manage accountability.

When the employees are inspired and motivated, they will set their goals even higher. This rise in momentum will give your clients better experiences and propel the business to greater heights.

 

3 Things To Do To Help Employees

If you want to make a real difference for your organization, you need to be the shining example for accountability. This will help create and nurture a positive mindset within the company and the organization.

Listed below are three things you need to do to help your employees:

 

Keep All Communication Direct And Open

The best way to help your employees is through honest, open communication. If your own employees don’t trust you, there will be a gap between you and the employees.  Therefore, keep open, straightforward communication with them.

 

Practice Thoughtful Listening

Thoughtful listening is where you do not just hear what the employees say but actually put yourself in their shoes and understand them.

 

Create Passion

You will be surprised to know that a mindset of passion and perseverance can sort almost every problem. This requires a willingness to learn, change, and adapt with time.

The best employees are the ones who never settle for anything other than their personal best.

 

Wrapping Up

Accountability is not an easy value. It cannot be achieved by command. However, it can still be taught through role models who preach accountability and practice it religiously.

If you are trying to implement accountability in your workplace, take the role of the leader. Automatically, the employees will follow your lead and build a better mindset that will benefit the organization.

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This entails being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works together with high-performing teams and individuals across Australia/NZ, UK, USA, Europe and Asia to help get results, achieve their wildest dreams, and smash goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world and small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation across the globe, and are based on actions and results:

  • Read The Accountability Advantage – Play Your Best Game book for Darren’s most recent insights into accountability.
  • Enroll into Darren’s online (DIY) program: Accountability Made Easy.
  • Hire Darren to be your private Accountability Coach via one of his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions are conducted via Zoom video calls or face-to-face meetings (subject to Darren’s travel policy and COVID restrictions).
  • For teams of 3 – 7 people, Darren offers Group Accountability Programs, ideal for networking groups and alumni organisations.
  • My Team Accountability Program is a powerful tool for sales teams, project teams, virtual teams and operational teams.
    Both Group and Team Accountability Programs are a shared learning environment where you’ll learn from others and shared from their experiences. We can work with your team members one-on-one, in pairs, or in a configuration that suits your needs best.
  • Darren can be a Speaker at your next event, workshop, or conference. Whether it’s done face-to-face or virtually, it’s a genuinely engaging experience.

Who can The Accountability Guy® help?

  • Do you work hard, but still not achieve your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need directions on how to get your business to the next level?
  • Are you a high-performing, successful individual or team that would like to ‘juggle more balls in the air’?

How accountable are you? Take the 5-minute quiz to find out!

Accountability is the superpower you must learn to harness:

Hope will fix your situation, as doing nothing makes things worse. We need to take action now, or tomorrow’s results will be the same as today.

Implementation and execution are key:

We’ll make sure you follow the plan and meet your deadlines. This is true accountability. Together, we’ll meet your commitments, goals, and promises you’ve made to yourself and others.

Don’t let people down anymore – especially those important to you!

-----------------------------------------
How likely are you to achieve your goals, promises, obligations, and commitments on your own?

Darren will support you to become truly accountable!

How accountable are you? Take the 5-minute quiz to find out!

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This entails being an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works together with high-performing teams and individuals to help get results, achieve your wildest dreams, and smash your goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world, and in small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

How accountable are you? Take the 5 -minute quiz to find out!

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation, and are based on actions and results:

  • Read The Accountability Advantage – Play Your Best Game book for Darren’s most recent insights into accountability.
  • Enroll into Darren’s online (DIY) program: Accountability Made Easy.
  • Hire Darren to be your private Accountability Coach via one of his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions are conducted via Zoom video calls or face-to-face meetings (subject to Darren’s travel policy and COVID restrictions).
  • For teams of 3 – 7 people, Darren offers Group Accountability Programs, ideal for networking groups and alumni organisations.
  • My Team Accountability Program is a powerful tool for sales teams, project teams, virtual teams and operational teams.
    Both Group and Team Accountability Programs are a shared learning environment where you’ll learn from others and shared from their experiences. We can work with your team members one-on-one, in pairs, or in a configuration that suits your needs best.
  • Darren can be a Speaker at your next event, workshop, or conference. Whether it’s done face-to-face or virtually, it’s a genuinely engaging experience.

Who can The Accountability Guy® help?

  • Do you work hard, but still not achieve your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need directions on how to get your business to the next level?
  • Are you a high-performing, successful individual or team that would like to ‘juggle more balls in the air’?

Accountability is the superpower you must learn to harness:

Hope will not fix your situation, as doing nothing makes things worse. We need to take action now or tomorrow’s results will be the same as today.

Implementation and execution are key:

We’ll make sure you follow the plan and meet your deadlines. This is true accountability. Together we’ll meet your commitments, goals, and promises you’ve made to yourself and others.

Don’t let people down anymore – especially those important to you!

-----------------------------------------
How likely are you to achieve your goals, promises, obligations, and commitments on your own?

Darren will support you to become truly accountable!

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