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Accountability in the Workplace: Warning to Managers!

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Warning to Managers!

Why is accountability important in the workplace?

Accountability is responsibility for actions and for the consequences of that action. But managers watch out! Why is accountability important in the workplace? The freedom of action, like the management breadth, is hierarchical, so it is not realistic to evaluate subordinate roles with the same freedom of action as the boss!

So what is accountability, really — and why is accountability so important to business leaders?

Accountability in the workplace is about setting common expectations for people and keeping them to them by clearly defining the company's mission, values ​​and goals.

One person will always be accountable for what happens. The person responsible for the outcome of the event is often not the same person who does the work. They cannot delegate accountability, but they can definitely delegate responsibility. The person in charge should make sure that there is a plan and that it is set up for success.

Benefits of Accountability

It is important that the manager considers the decisions made throughout the job. This can help your team to achieve their goals, even if the obstacle is great. When you hold all employees accountable for doing their job and helping each other, it builds a sense of trust between individuals and teams. This gives people the freedom to rely on each other to meet deadlines, complete responsibilities, or seek help. This is another way that the company can keep progress moving forward, toward the main goal it has determined for itself.

One of the benefits of accountability in the workplace is that it allows people to keep their jobs. However, accountability in the workplace has many benefits, including:

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With commitment, as a manager or supervisor, you can realize the quality of dedication among your team. Being accountable increases your dedication to complete your goal. When a trusted partner knows his or her employee will talk to him or her about the employee's work status, the employee will be more motivated to take action to follow through on his or her plan.

Acting on your vision at work will set an example for your colleagues that creativity can drive team development. In this highly competitive business world, commitment to work is important because employers often look for individuals who can help the company succeed and play an active role in ensuring the company's success through their professional development efforts and dedication.


Sometimes you run into an obstacle and you cannot figure out the best way forward. Your accountability partner can serve as a soundboard to help you analyze your obstacles and come up with creative solutions. Using imagination or original ideas to create something is what every modern company is looking for today. There is huge competition for niches, and companies require potential candidates to continually generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or opportunities that can be helpful in solving problems or communicating with others for business success.

"Improved performance"

For every business, performance improvement is a need focused on increasing outputs and improving efficiency for a particular process or procedure. Encouraging accountability in the workplace helps boost efficiency and productivity. How? When employees know who is responsible for what, it eliminates confusion and saves time, allowing individuals to meet their clearly defined expectations.

"Helps Measure Progress"

There needs to be reporting on task, activity, and project progress for every job description offered to every employee and this cannot be possible without any form of accountability. Measuring progress lets the company know if it is making progress towards its goals, whether it has fallen behind, or if it has reached a standstill.

"Builds Trust"

Have you ever managed people who didn't trust one another, who sometimes had a hard time getting along? If you have been through this, you will know what a difficult and tiring experience this can be. A team without trust is not a team, but a group of individuals working together, often making disappointing progress and no manager wants to experience this. When you hold employees accountable for doing their jobs, it fosters trust among individuals and teams. Trust should not be placed in a person. Trust should be based on someone's or something's character, ability, strength, or truth.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Thuso Nnanaakoko Bachelor of Arts HRM

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