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> Guest Post on Accountability: 5 Tips on How Staff Members Can Hold Each Other Accountable

June 5, 2016

Following is a guest post by Iris West.

Teamwork and collaboration is the key to great productivity at work. There is nothing more exciting than working with a team that embraces unity. Wonderful things can be achieved easily with such a team since everyone takes responsibility for the sake of the whole group. On the other hand it can get quite messy when you waste more time settling unnecessary squabbles at work as a result of unaccountable members. Such members can sabotage the team spirit and morale if the situation is not handled with the urgency it deserves. Being in a high performance team is any goal oriented worker’s dream. A bad team is any team leader’s worst nightmare. The reasons being that deadlines will be missed, poor quality work and poor productivity levels.

How can team members hold each other accountable? Here’s how:

1. Develop Good Communication skills

Sometimes poor communication skills between team members can lead to poor productivity. Consequently it leads to poor morale, distrust, disrespect and lack of motivation among the staff. Each staff should take it upon him/herself to ensure that they develop good communication skills to create a culture of accountability within the team and beyond. Instead of hauling accusations to a member who has not achieved the set target try to be objective as you can. Learn to talk less and listen first so that you can get the actual facts as to why he/she has not done A or B. Most team members go overboard by assuming that their colleague is lazy and hence could not achieve their objective. For that the environment becomes unsuitable for great team spirit. It is wise to practice proactive communication rather than being reactive to situations.

2. Define roles clearly 

Most organizations thrive on bosses, team leaders/supervisors holding their juniors accountable for poor productivity. When a team does not perform well it coincidentally affects the top management as well. To avert such situations team leaders or supervisors should start by explaining to each member what their roles are in the company without contradictions. This will create a culture of accountability since every member will have a clear picture of what’s expected of them. Each staff should also know that when one member fails the whole team fails. This will encourage hard work and commitment within the team. Many teams fail as a result of ambiguousness in terms of roles.

3. Set team goals

Every group should be encouraged to work towards achieving their goals as a team and not as individuals. This will strengthen the team to an extent of supporting each other in line of duty so as to ensure that they achieve their set objective. It is a good way of boosting team spirit at work. 

4. Take Individual responsibility

Accountability always starts at individual levels. Every member should be encouraged to own up to personal failures for the sake of the team. It is only through taking personal responsibility that a culture of accountability can be derived in any workplace.

5. Outdoor team building activities

This is one of the best ways to boost accountability at work. Outdoor activities require that team members work together for successful results. When members get used to supporting each other it builds trust and respect among them which reflects at work as well.

Conclusion

Staff members should always remember that; Unity is strength. When team members hold each other accountable respectfully no mountain is too high for them. Companies that encourage team spirit enjoy high productivity.

 

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