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What Is Accountability And Responsibility in The Workplace?

What Is Accountability And Responsibility in The Workplace?

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Your workplace is a professional sphere with people who are responsible and accountable for various tasks. This is to ensure the smooth functioning of your company and its imminent success.

Are you wondering what accountability and responsibility in the workplace is? Don’t worry; we’ve carefully elucidated the differences between the two. Moreover, you’ll also get tips on building accountability in the workplace.

So, read on to know more about accountability and responsibility in the workplace.

What is Responsibility?

Responsibility is being responsible for completing a certain task within a certain period in the workplace. It is task-oriented or goal-oriented. Here an employee is answerable for the task given to them.

You can divide the responsibilities of huge tasks amongst your team member in the organization. It is focused on job descriptions, defined roles, processes, and task requirements to achieve certain goals.

What Is Accountability

Accountability is holding a single entity, often the project manager, accountable for a situation. Here someone in the organization is conscious of the consequences and steps up when there is a problem.

Accountability is something you share. It is specific to an individual based on their role, skill set, strength, and position in the company. It is taking ownership of the results of a task irrespective of whether you have done the task or not.

You are accountable if you take ownership and respond to the issues that occur after certain tasks are completed. In a workplace, the person who is accountable experiences the consequences for their or team’s decision and actions.

What is Responsibility and Accountability in the Workplace

While you may feel like the terms overlap, there is a thin line of difference between the two. A person responsible for a task may not be accountable for the same. Think of it this way; an intern is, say, responsible for creating the inventory; however, the intern’s manager is accountable for creating the inventory.

Read on to understand how accountability and responsibility function in the workplace.

Accountability in the Workplace

If you are a manager or project manager and fancy yourself to be a leader, you need to hold yourself accountable. You’ll need to be accountable for yours and your team member’s actions and results.

You must be able to take responsibility and face the consequences even if you aren’t responsible for the task as a leader.

Accountable managers help foster trustworthiness and team responsibility in a workplace. When there is accountability in the workplace, you can expect the following:

  • Lesser expenses and turnover
  • You’ll have productive and happier employees
  • Your customer service will improve dramatically
  • There will be more engagement from your team members if you hold yourself accountable as a leader.
  • You’ll find your team members needing less supervision. They’ll be more interested to learn the details of their responsibilities to fulfil them successfully
  • Your team members will start taking additional responsibilities to meet the organization’s goal and mission
  • Accountability in the workplace will make it easier for people to communicate and exchange information, opinion feelings, and more freely and without hesitancy
  • An accountable manager or leader makes their expectations, goals, decisions, and more crystal clear to their team member. This fosters support and responsible team members.

Accountability in the workplace helps in reaching company goals hassle-free. It makes the manager or leader responsible for accepting the consequences of the team’s action. Moreover, it improves leadership and team engagement.

Responsibility in the Workplace

Responsibility in the workplace is when your team members willingly accept rewards and consequences for their tasks. This is task-oriented. If you give responsibility to your employee, you can expect the following:

  • They’ll feel empowered
  • You can hold your employee responsible for their task
  • You can call out any neglect of responsibility
  • Responsibility will make your employee work harder to meet company goals
  • If you are an accountable leader, your employee will willingly take more responsibilities
  • Responsibility can improve performance if due credit is given
  • They’ll feel obligated to maintain deadlines and budget when being held responsible for a task

Responsibility in the workplace will help boost confidence, creativity, and performance levels.

How To Build Accountability and Responsibility In The Workplace

For starters, you need to change your perspective. When you’re in business, time is money. You may think that you can get something done tomorrow, but the time you’ve wasted is the time you’ve given your competitor to win an edge over you. And in the period of a few months, that edge soon turns into your competition being miles ahead of you.

You are literally losing money when you’re getting nothing done. If you’re serious about your business and want to be a high performance entrepreneur, you need to change that. Not tomorrow. Not the next hour. Right now.

If you’re struggling with all these issues and your business isn’t doing well, you need an accountability partner. That’s yours truly, Darren Finkelstein. Here’s what I can help you with:

Selling More & Earning More – Accountability will help you create opportunities, and opportunities are where you make money.

Improving Efficiency – It will also help you get more things done in less time, enhancing the overall productivity of your business.

Creating Accountability Culture – You will start to lead by example when it comes to being accountable and delivering on your promise.

Learning to multi-task – Accountability will save you enough time and resources to handle multiple tasks on a daily basis.

Endnotes

Responsibility and accountability in the workplace give a sense of purpose in the company. It helps you achieve 99% of the goals, mission, and vision of the company.

Suppose you are stuck on how to achieve responsibility and accountability in the workplace. You can consult an accountability coach like Tick Those Boxes.

These coaches will give you tips on building accountability and responsibility in your workplace to help you achieve your goals, promises, and more. They will examine your current position and give you a pathway to get where you want.

So, build responsibility and accountability in your workplace and ensure your company’s success.

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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