Accountability is one of the most important traits of high performing teams. It has a direct impact on productivity and engagement and, consequently, results. It is also linked to increased commitment to work and employee morale. Accountability is about taking responsibility for an outcome and not just the task. It’s about following through and delivering what you committed. Accountability is important at every level of the organization and when every member of the team demonstrates accountability, it leads to strong and cohesive teams, where people trust each other and work together to reach a common goal. However, many organizations lack this significant trait among their teams and fostering accountability isn’t always an easy thing to do. Often, when employees aren’t accountable, the managers hesitate to call them out to avoid harming the work relationships or, worse, demoralizing them. Also, many managers micromanage or spill out their frustrations in the name of holding people accountable which, in turn, negatively impacts employee performance and motivation. Today, we all work in a collaborative work environment where we have to depend on others to complete tasks, and if people aren’t accountable, the efforts of the entire team get wasted. Holding people accountable is essential for team management and thankfully, there are some simple yet effective ways a manager can do this.
Employers and managers often talk about team building but very few actually understand what it takes to develop the spirit of teamwork. Team spirit is all about feeling that you are a part of something larger than yourself. Effective team building in the workplace requires understanding the objectives and vision of the organization. For building an efficient team, every member needs to understand that they have to work with their fellow members and contribute to the overall functioning or success of the organization. Although every employee has a distinct role in a company, while working in a team their work collaborates to serve the bigger picture. Team building impacts the organization in a myriad of positive ways which is why it’s extremely important to focus on effective team building activities.