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4 ways to create a company culture of accountability

John Maxwell once said, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” While that may sound a bit cliché, it’s true. Especially in the workplace.

When you and your team come together, you can accomplish great things.

Part of working as a team is holding each other accountable. It’s not always fun or easy, but it doesn’t have to be torture. In fact, there are simple ways you can create a company culture of accountability.

To help you get started, we’ve created a list of our 4 favorite tactics.

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey

1. Stick to your core values.

Your team should embody your company’s core values. It’s one of the ways to make your business stand out from the competition. But if you want to hold your employees accountable to your values, you need to revisit them frequently.

At KME, we make it a habit to review one of our core values at our team meetings every week. We go over what our values mean to us, and how we can better exhibit these values in everything that we do.

2. Get to know your employees.

You don’t have to just talk shop with your team. Learn what your employees are passionate about and what’s going on in their lives outside the office.

At KME, we do something called “Mark Minutes.” Every few months, employees set up a meeting with Mark, our owner, to talk about what’s on their mind. “My team can come in and talk about anything. What’s going well, what isn’t, how they felt about the latest superhero movie . . . whatever they want,” Mark says.

When you can connect with your employees, they feel like they’re a part of what makes your company unique. That kind of human connection makes building a company culture of accountability in your business easier.

3. The door. Leave it open.

Just like you need to hold your team accountable, they need to know that they can hold you accountable, too. Make sure your employees know they can come talk to you about anything at any time.

“When your teammate looks you in the eye and holds you accountable, that’s the greatest kind of leadership there is.” – Doug Collins

Mark says, “Accountability is a two-way street. If my team has constructive criticism, I want to hear it. It doesn’t matter when. My door’s always open.”

Employees feel valued when you are willing to hear their point of view. And in our experience, the more appreciated your employees feel, the harder they’re willing to work.

4. Celebrate when your team wins.

There will always be projects to tackle and obstacles to overcome. But it’s important you take time to celebrate your team’s victories along the way.

Take a few minutes during your next company meeting to give a shout out to high-performing employees. It tells your team that you appreciate and recognize hard work.

Simple recognition goes a long way toward showing your employees you care about their success.

Promoting company culture in your business.

Accountability in the workplace starts with you—your company’s leadership.

When your employees see that you give a damn about them and the success of your business, they respect you. When your team respects you, they’re more likely to stand together and stick around.

That’s a powerful recipe for strong company culture.

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