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

The following is a guest post by Mandulis.

When it comes to putting together a solid staff, the team that has a culture of holding team members accountable for the commitments they have made is the team that achieves the most success over the long haul. Once a culture of accountability has been established, the team will continue to work together to achieve continuously remarkable results.

If you would like to know more about how staff team members can hold each other accountable, be sure to read on.

1. Setting Expectations

The level of success that a team enjoys begins and ends with their ability to set the proper expectations. Employees will need to know exactly what they are working towards, so that their energies can be focused in the proper manner. By making these goals clear from the beginning, there will be no arguments at a later date about what the true expectations were.

2. Increase Level of Commitment

Knowing what the goals are is not going to make an employee work any harder. Once the employee knows what they have to gain from pushing forward and how the company will benefit over the long haul, they are far more likely to provide a full buy in. Setting a goal is only meaningful and effective when employees understand the role they play in the organization's future. 

3. Track Progress

A team cannot be held accountable unless the proper information is available. Be sure to measure their performance throughout the process, so that they can be made aware of their ability to reach an easily quantifiable goal. If gaps emerge that require further attention, it is important to let an employee know during the early stages of the process.

4. Offer Feedback

While this will not cure every issue by itself, it does leave the door open for further feedback and provides the basis for necessary follow up actions. Should performance fall short of expectations, objective feedback can help an employee to get back on the right track. An employee that receives honest feedback is far more likely to be accountable for their results.

5. Don't Avoid Consequences 

If an employee never experiences any form of consequence for falling behind on a task or failing to reach a goal, a staff team ends up having no accountability to speak of. Should a team member struggle to achieve a goal in a timely fashion, be sure to administer consequences that are appropriate for the situation. 

6. Evaluate

Once the process is complete, review the manner in which it was handled. The methods that are used for evaluation must be consistent and if you maintain the same consequences for every member of your team, you will find that getting projects and work completed in a timely manner becomes a snap. 

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