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How To Make Accountability A Core Part Of Your Workplace Culture?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Are you struggling to get things done?

If accountability isn’t already a core part of your workplace, it is time to hit the books and figure out how to make it a core value in the workplace. Luckily for you, this blog will enlighten you on various steps you can take to make accountability a core part of your culture.

One thing to remember is that accountability is taking ownership of your actions, results, and problems. When people fail to do that, the workplace will suffer as everyone will keep blaming the other person. Accountability essentially is accepting the consequences and rewards for your actions.

Moreover, accountability makes employees responsible and increases their commitment to work. Furthermore, accountability in the workplace helps in cultivating leaders. So, read this blog and make accountability a core part of your workplace culture

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Top steps to make accountability a core value

Accountability in the workplace will increase productivity, boost morale, ensure clarity in communication, and boost business profitability. That is why it is crucial to make accountability a core part of the workplace culture.

Here are a few steps that will help in establishing accountability as a core value:

1. Set goals

One of the foremost steps to fostering accountability is setting goals. You must set SMART goals. This means setting Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals. Additionally, the goals you set should be realistic and achievable.

Having goals makes it easier to be accountable as you have something to aspire to. Making it measurable lets you know when you have achieved your goal.

2. Hire the right people

Hiring the right people is the key to fostering accountability in the workplace. You must ensure you hire highly skilled people who know what is expected of them. Moreover, their goals must align with your company’s goals.

Furthermore, you should hire people who are interested in growing, learning, and being receptive to feedback. Your employees should be people committed to giving their best always. That way, it will become easier to foster accountability in the workplace.

3. Unify the team

Unifying the team means ensuring your team knows the collective goals. It also involves outlining steps to achieve success and holding each other accountable for each step. Moreover, unifying the team means creating oneness and unity. It also consists of optimizing the team and ensuring everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing.

4. Ensure you give feedback

Another important aspect of accountability is to give feedback. This means having monthly, weekly, quarterly, and annual feedback sessions with your employees. It gives a clear picture of how employees are performing.

Additionally, it gives them an opportunity to voice out their grievances and shortcomings. This gives you a chance to increase training and resources to help your employees grow.

5. Be open to criticism

You should be open to criticism and accept feedback too. This way, you will know what problems your employees are facing. Moreover, it will give you a chance to improve your leadership skills and ensure your best performance.

Being open to criticism allows you to check the shortcomings in your workplace. It lets you understand issues you or your employees might be having and work on a solution for those issues.

Moreover, feedback should be a two-way street. So, when you give feedback to your employees, ensure you ask for feedback too.

6. Keep track of your commitments

To remain accountable, it is essential to keep track of your commitments. This means you should make a note of your deadlines and the timings you said you’d give feedback and more. Moreover, you should also remember when your employee tells you to check on a project and check on that day.

When you keep track of your commitments, you show your employees your dedication. Moreover, it shows that you are leading by example to foster accountability.

7. Hold each other accountable

In a company using an accountability framework is essential. That way, you can hold each other accountable for tasks. For instance, you should assign tasks to your team and appoint someone to check on them. That way, the person is accountable to you, and the team is accountable to the person.

Moreover, holding each other accountable involves actionable to-do lists and ticking off tasks as they are done.

Endnotes

Accountability is being responsible for your behaviour, performance, and actions irrespective of whether you face the consequences or reap the rewards.

Some steps to make accountability your core value include setting goals, unifying the team, hiring the right people, and giving feedback. You should also make accountability a habit, keep track of your commitments and hold each other accountable.

These steps will help in fostering accountability in the workplace. Automatically, that will improve productivity and employee morale. Moreover, it will give your employees a sense of ownership and belongingness.

So, if accountability is lacking in your workplace, use the steps above to make changes. You can also take the aid of accountability coaches from TickThoseBoxes.