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How to increase team accountability – even when you’re remote

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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When there is team accountability the team is responsible, they keep the commitments, completes tasks on time, and always reach objectives. Each individual is accountable for his or her work and talks about how they can help others whenever possible.

To increase team accountability when your team works in different places, you need to incorporate two things.

  1. The purpose
  2. How to implement changes to increase accountability.

It’s simple, read on to learn the exact steps to achieve this…

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What is the Purpose for Accountability in the remote team?

If you’re wondering why you need accountability in your organization or business, there are three main reasons to consider:

1. Holds everyone to the same standard

If one person isn’t meeting the expectation, it brings down the whole team. Responsibility doesn’t mean you can’t change, but it does mean you should always communicate clearly what you expect from everyone. You can concentrate on getting things done and be fair to everyone.

2. Makes sure that work is done

A group’s strength is only as good as its weakest member. By making people take accountability, you make sure everyone can succeed, and projects get done. Without it, deadlines keep getting moved, and it’s harder to get things done.

3. Ensures that communication is clear

When everyone knows they are responsible for their own actions, it makes it easier to have difficult conversations. If someone isn’t meeting the standards, you can talk to them about it without putting the blame on anyone else.

How to Increase Accountability Among Your Remote Team

1. Delegate Duties

As a team lead, You need even your remote members to be able to work well from wherever they are. You must know how to give tasks to other people at different points in a project. If you don’t, work will pile up and disrupt the flow. Flexibility and willingness to let your employees work on their own, especially if they work from home, boosts their confidence.

2. Follow how work is going

Tracking progress is equally important when your employees have flexible working hours. By keeping track of how work is going, you can set up automated routines for your teams. This means that you can assist your employees in being more productive and handling bits of tasks at a time.

3. Hold meetings often

Virtual meetings with your remote teams can show how their work is progressing. Everyone gets to talk about the projects they are handling and how it is turning up. You don’t have to worry about not knowing how your team’s work is going because you get updates on what they are working on. You can point out if anything is wrong and change it before they spiral out of control.

4. Encourage people to work together

Coordination helps build team spirit and become more efficient. When employees are able to speak to each other while working on a project, they feel like they are a part of the family. By assigning collaborative projects that allow for individual contributions, you may boost engagement and make your remote team feel more connected. You can also give your teammates the same chances, no matter their status.

5. Make a place to chill out

A virtual break room can serve as a place to relieve work-related stress. It can also be used as a place to socialize and get to know each other better. This way, team members can feel like they are a part of a community, even when they’re not in the same physical space.

6. Understand the mindset

Team members could make more spontaneous observations and work together more fluidly when they were all in the same room. Still, when working remotely, they needed to set out deliberate moments to check in and ensure they were on the same page. Understanding this is essential for developing accountability measures to succeed in a remote context.

7. Give Feedback That Will Help

Constructive criticism is an integral part of finishing any job successfully. It would negatively affect the vibe to ignore the efforts of those who worked on the project and lead it to success. Do not try to micromanage your staff by giving them negative criticism. Although not every team member will maintain a constant level of productivity, those who do deserve praise for their efforts.

Explore Options for Fostering Accountability on Your Remote Team

Accountability is essential to the success of a remote team. It’s also important to equip yourself with the resources you’ll need to establish and uphold these accountability benchmarks.

Get more out of your remote team by investing in an accountability coach who can assist you in maximizing your participation in team activities. One who has extensive experience with remote accountability systems.