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How To Hold Employees Accountable?

To achieve great business results, accountability is the key. Then why do many business leaders and managers fail to hold their employees accountable?

It is even difficult for the managers and leaders of big corporations to hold people accountable. However, if you do it the right way, accountability can result in increased confidence among employees leading to successful business outcomes.

So, why do you struggle, and what are the methods to hold employees accountable in the right manner? That’s what you are going to read as you proceed with the article.

Why Is It Difficult To Hold Employees Accountable?

The company’s morale, culture, and performance suffer when employees are not held accountable for their irresponsibility. The loyalty and credibility of the leader come under scrutiny when employees are given leniency for poor performance, inconsistent behavior, and missed deadlines.  

When accountability holds so much importance, then why do leaders struggle with it?

Not Setting Clear Expectations

As a leader, it becomes your sole duty to set clear expectations among your employees. When employees don’t know what they are expected of and the outcome of their task, they are bound to fail.

As a result, your company will have to face the consequences.

Not Accountable For Your Own Deadlines And Behavior

You have to set an example in front of your employees and be accountable for your own mistakes. If you are not accountable to yourself, how can you hold someone else accountable?

On similar lines, if you hold someone accountable occasionally, it can create an environment of biasness. And, that is not a good environment to work in.

Methods To Hold Employees Accountable

There are ways to hold your employees accountable without creating mismanagement in the company.

Setting Clear Goals And Expectations

Your first duty is to set clear goals and expectations using the employee handbook to outline guidelines, performance plans, and SMART goals.

As soon as you have established the expectations and goals, make sure you give them a clear explanation verbally as well as in writing. You can provide them with a handbook or email explaining their duties so that you can refer to these conversations when they fail to perform accordingly.

Giving Proper Feedback

Everyone would like honest feedback on their work and overall performance. It offers them a chance to improve at what they do. So, whenever you hold employees accountable, make sure to explain to them where they need improvement and where they are doing things right.

You can provide them with generic feedback focusing on their overall behavior and its consequences.

Provide Them With Data

Sometimes, employees believe that they are being targeted personally. So, you should be ready with data to show them where they went wrong and why you are holding them accountable.

Also, you can make the data as transparent as you can so that your employees know where they are standing in the company.

Provide A Realistic Timeline

Accountability in a business corporation would mean finishing the given task before deadlines. So, you need to make sure that you are setting realistic deadlines so that each task is completed on time.

Some methods to set a realistic timeline:

  • Plan the timelines keeping in mind the holidays and personal leaves
  • Discuss whether they are working on any high priority task
  • Discuss the estimated timeline they need to complete the task at hand

Make A Communication Plan

Make sure that communication is there from both ends. You should get updates from your employees and ask them to respond timely and provide updates about all the deliveries.

Or, you can make the schedule as to when you need updates for a given task for a better workflow and smooth operation in the company.

Final Thoughts

You will find some people with excellent management skills. However, there are some people who keep delaying their tasks, and the whole organization has to suffer because of them. So, it becomes necessary to make the employees understand where they are lacking.

It isn’t an easy task to hold your employees accountable, but it is needed to improve the company’s workflow and achieve desired business outcomes.

You can implement the tips mentioned above in your leadership roles to streamline the process of accountability.

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

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

Darren works 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:

  • Get clarity - know what to do first
  • Get started - know what to do next
  • Get Sh!t Done - know what to do more of

How can The Accountability Guy® help you?

Whenever you and/or your team are ready, here are four ways to become more accountable...


    1. Take "The Accountability Scorecard"

    How accountable are you? Discover your accountability score and increase the probability of smashing your goals and Getting Sh!t Done!. Take the quiz

    2. Read my new book
    "The Accountability Advantage - Play Your Best Game"

    Eliminate procrastination and overwhelm, and start playing your best game. Buy a copy

    3. Study my online course "Accountability Made Easy"

    For high-performing goal-kickers who want to achieve even more success in work and in life. Enrol now and become accountable in a matter of hours. Enrol now

    4. Book a complimentary 1-on-1 coaching "Unboxing Session"

    Start delivering on your promises and get your team to do the same. Book here.

For more information on all my coaching programs, click here.


Are you a high-performing entrepreneur who wants to achieve more?

Mastering accountability is your superpower!

Categories

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 involves being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works 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:

  • Get clarity - know what to do first
  • Get started - know what to do next
  • Get Sh!t Done - know what to do more of

How can The Accountability Guy® help you?

Whenever you and/or your team are ready, here are four ways to become more accountable...


    1. Take "The Accountability Scorecard"

    How accountable are you? Discover your accountability score and increase the probability of smashing your goals and Getting Sh!t Done!. Take the quiz

    2. Read my new book
    "The Accountability Advantage - Play Your Best Game"

    Eliminate procrastination and overwhelm, and start playing your best game. Buy a copy

    3. Study my online course "Accountability Made Easy"

    For high-performing goal-kickers who want to achieve even more success in work and in life. Enrol now and become accountable in a matter of hours. Enrol now

    4. Book a complimentary 1-on-1 coaching "Unboxing Session"

    Start delivering on your promises and get your team to do the same. Book here.

For more information on all my coaching programs, click here.


Are you a high-performing entrepreneur who wants to achieve more?

Mastering accountability is your superpower!

Categories