We all know that accountability is the main driver behind success and improved employee engagement. We have always noticed that accountability positively impacts any team or organization. Have we ever faced negative implications of it? The answer is no! Why? Because accountability increases responsible and self-disciplined behavior, it improves team dynamics and relationships, dedication towards goal achievement, and taking ownership of own decisions and actions and others. An accountable organization will be transparent and will encourage an open-door policy. Also, employees will clearly understand what they are expected to do, whether working from home or in the office. So, in today’s blog, we will discuss how we all can achieve positive results from accountability!
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As the organization sets clear expectations, employees gain more clarity about the exemplary standard of performance required. Therefore, the focus towards goal achievement and completion of targets on time. The performance levels of every employee are improved, and hence the delivery of the results is better.
As the employees are now more focused on their targets and goals, they have learned to become more disciplined. They learn to prepare the road map to meet their milestones to achieve their destinations on time.
As they are now self-disciplined and take ownership of their behavior, actions, and decisions, they learn to understand their team members better and respect them more. They know each other weaknesses and strengths and plan for their team target and work accordingly. They now develop a habit of learning from each other.
One key learning of accountability is taking ownership of their actions, decisions, and behavior. As they are learning to change towards responsibility, therefore they learn to improve on taking ownership of their mistakes and failures. Because of this, the blame game on each other reduces and eventually stops. As team managers, standing up for the teams’ failures and mistakes, they must demonstrate ownership as the critical behavior to protect their teams.
An accountable employee will ensure that he sits with his team members and seniors and discusses their goals and challenges that they might face as they are working on them. This way, they work on the brainstorming sessions to ensure that they are prepared for the upcoming challenges and then resolve them promptly.
As they discuss and rationalize challenges, and this gives them more opportunities to open up with their employees. So, the managers do not turn out to be authoritative but more understanding and encouraging because the employees don’t feel scared but are more confident to share their problems with their managers.
As there is an open-door policy between managers and employees, the culture at work becomes more transparent. Their clarity of expectation from employees and employees understand what resources are at their disposal from their managers or organizations. Therefore, the managers feel confident in sharing the information with their employees. Accountable leaders must bring transparency and good communication standards to the organization’s culture. Consequently, they will encourage sharing clarity and information at all levels because managers and employees would understand their importance in the organization.
As managers and employees build stronger and healthier relationships at work, they can share their feedback with each other positively. Accepting the feedback given is a more effective and visible improvement is seen in such organizations, where accountability is more prominent.
They set superior accountability standards to become role models in front of their employees. Therefore, they can demonstrate their accountability in self-discipline, proactive thinking, goal setting, and building stronger relations.
As leaders or managers of the organization, it is essential to train their employees or staff. Training and development are necessary for managers to prepare their team for the next role. As their employees grow in their parts, the managers will also evolve and develop in their roles.
Accountability is a crucial aspect of any successful organization! Accountability at the workplace means all the employees, managers, and leaders have clarity on what they are expected to perform, their duties, and what they can expect from the organization. Accountable culture will be practiced effectively, if the communication channels are transparent and open; we see managers are available to listen to their employee’s ideas and brainstorm sessions and also, and they will stand up for their team’s failures. Individuals will be responsible for their actions, decisions, and performance. The culture of accountability will enrich the relationship among the team members, the team’s performance will improve significantly, and outcomes will be better. Accountability provides any organization with many positive results that will help them to grow toward the ladder of success.