Remote accountability is the secret sauce of modern business success. Your business workplace is unsustainable if any member of your team has a problem with being accountable, even if they work well. Some of your most difficult workplace conflicts arise will when your excellent performers go rogue. I call them cowboys. These are your superstars who refuse to yield to guidance. They fail to recognise that the health of your team and its systems have to be the first priority of a vibrant, growing business.
When Things Go Wrong With Remote Accountability
Over time, when business owners or managers fail to address the problem in their employee’s accountability, the result is frustration, underperformance and distrust that drags the entire company down. In this environment, businesses see a drop in product and service quality, productivity, worker retention, and overall employee wellness.
When you get it right, accountability offers valuable rewards for everyone in the team. It allows each member to enjoy an enthusiastic, progressive work environment. In workplaces like this your remote workers can be fully liberated to personal ownership, and enabled to perform consistently satisfying work.
How To Nail Your Remote Accountability
The trick with making accountability work as a positive force in your business is to nurture a culture which empowers people to be accountable for themselves. Embrace a supportive, encouraging culture where your remote workers are inspired to pursue their best. Foster an attitude which understands mistakes as a temporary part of the learning process. Approach errors as a chance to take ownership for yourself and the system instead of blaming people when things go wrong.
Your ideas about accountability can make or break your company culture. Your personal beliefs will certainly play a powerful role in creating your management approach. It’s really important that you deconstruct any negative ideas that you’ve got around this whole area, because your ability to set up successful strategies for accountability will directly determine the output you can achieve in your business. Reflect on these questions to make things work for you and your team on the accountability front:
Improve Your Remote Accountability
1. What is your earliest memory of being held accountable?
2. How do you define “being accountable”?
3. How do your ideas of accountability influence the way you run your business?
4. Why do you think accountability is important in your workplace?
5. What would happen if people were not held accountable for their work?
6. Who would be most affected if people were not held accountable for their work?
Now, go ahead and create a clear definition of the idea of accountability to present to your team:
At [BUSINESS NAME] accountability means …
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