The term “accountability” has become a corporate buzzword. It seems like it is getting bantered about like a ping pong ball. For many, the term has become synonymous with “people have to be punished.” However, creating a culture of accountability in the workplace is the direct opposite of being punitive. It’s about trust, integrity, and self-pride.
Instead of thinking of accountability as a punishment – what if you viewed it as a virtue: a way of approaching your job. A culture of accountability in the workplace occurs when people are clear on what they are supposed to do when they are supposed to do it, and, feel safe to speak up when they have made a mistake.
- All employees
You can’t motivate other people. Motivation is a very personal attribute. It‘s driven by inner needs: to do a good job, to be honest, to be a team player. However, you can de-motivate people by creating a culture of “anything goes.” In an “anything goes” culture ( the antithesis of a culture of accountability) team members don’t trust each other, few believe they can count on others and no one is surprised when a deadline slips.
People put in their time for their paycheck but they rarely feel good about the organization or themselves. The result: morale falters and productivity declines.
To learn to….
- Identify the requirements for personal and corporate accountability
- Explore the foundation of accountability-trust
- Describe what individuals must do to become accountable
- Build skills required for accountability, including goal setting, giving and receiving feedback, and delegation
- Creating a Culture of Trust
- Benefits to holding ourselves accountable to others
- The Power of Saying, “I made a mistake.”
- Developing and Implementing an accountability Plan