Every business owner wants their venture to be a success. Whether you run a small, medium or large enterprise, there are a couple of common steps you can take towards your goals. Strategy, marketing, skills development – all powerful elements of a successful business model. But, are you paying enough attention to accountability in the workplace? This crucial element is paramount to a high-functioning company, yet often under-utilised.
Your team is the backbone of your business, the driving force of your success. Without a solid sense of responsibility, your employees are less likely to give it all they’ve got. Not only has fostering a culture of accountability in the workplace shown to increase employee dedication and capability, but it also boosts morale and job satisfaction. It’s all about taking ownership of your role within the company. Employees who are accountable for their actions are more invested in their job, taking responsibility for the end results. If your team aren’t held accountable, your well-oiled ship loses its efficiency. But don’t worry, it’s not too late to develop a sense of staff responsibility. Implementing a strategy geared towards improved accountability is easier than you think. Even easier if you have OnRamp!
4 Ways to improve accountability in the workplace
1. Set expectations straight off the bat
There’s no better place to start than right at the beginning. As part of every employee’s onboarding process, you should voice your expectations. By encouraging a sense of responsibility from day one, accountability in the workplace becomes second nature to your employees. To streamline this process, OnRamp provides the tools to set up introductory documents to help integrate every new hire. You can create training manuals introducing new employees to the business, as well as digital policy documents outlining company regulations and procedures. Presenting your culture of accountability in this manner allows new employees to process the information, confirm their understanding with a test and sign off their acceptance. Furthermore, they can access the document at any point to refresh their memory.
2. Empower your employees
Micromanaging your employees will only leave them feeling stressed and doubtful of their ability. To encourage accountability, you need to establish an environment of trust and empowerment. Give your employees the freedom to control their schedules. A team responsible for managing their daily tasks and projects are more likely to seek solutions when problems arise. The more confidence you show in your staff, the more certainty they will have in their ability, and this will show in their output of work.
Employees also feel empowered when provided the opportunity to further their knowledge and skill set. By using OnRamp, you can develop relevant training and ensure your team has access to enriching content at all times. The flexibility of OnRamp’s online platform gives your team the means to schedule time for training whenever and wherever suitable.
3. Keep up the communication
You know what they say – communication is key. Clear lines of communication between your employees are vital to your business. From top to bottom, accountability in the workplace depends on open interaction. If everyone keeps in contact, fewer misunderstandings will throw spanners in the works. With our new system build, we’ve introduced memos to our online platform. These provide the perfect opportunity to increase communication between departments. With the click of a button, you can share information with one, some or all your employees. Handy!
4. Outline the company values and objectives
If your employees don’t know what they are working towards, how will they excel at their jobs? To be accountable for your actions, you need to know your end goal. A company without clear goals becomes disjointed and dysfunctional. Establishing a collective of core values and making them available to your team will help keep everyone on track. When outlining your company objectives, make sure accountability remains central to your message. To ensure your team have access to these goals at all times, make them available on your OnRamp platform. Create an online policy document for your team to sign to make them accountable for understanding these values.
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