Why Team Accountability is Important for Remote Productivity

2020 has been a year of remote work management with remote team productivity being the number one priority for organizations across the world.

Increased accountability is a must for remote teams to be successful.

Accountability is a culture, a deeply ingrained characteristic among great teams. And it must be always practiced right from the top to the bottom.

A bottom-up approach won’t work as employees will soon lose track if the same level of accountability is not displayed by the managers and leaders of the organization.

What is accountability?

Stay true to your word! That’s accountability.

Ownership and accountability go hand-in-hand. Owning up to one’s mistakes, or if you are a manager owning up for a team’s fiasco and leading the team forward is a great example of accountability.

Imagine your manager shirks away responsibility or distances himself when a project goes awry. Nah! That’s not right.

The idea is to put the project’s, the team’s, and the organization’s best interest before self!

When a leader is able to do that, others follow and it becomes a company-wide culture wherein everyone is committed to the organization’s growth and success.

Which also means, delivering exceptional customer service, building a high performing work environment, and contributing to the community you live in.

Why is accountability important for productivity?

Tasks get delayed, quality levels degrade, and leads to team conflicts.

As a result, the overall performance of the team is impacted leading to project failure.

Accountability is a must for all team members to hold and deliver their part with the utmost sense of urgency and responsibility.

Imagine where a lapse on one team member’s end causes the other team members to stretch, rework, and stay late to meet pending deadlines. Surely not a happy environment.

This also causes a trust deficit within the team making the overall work environment very toxic.

And these problems compound when you work in a remote team setup.

Hence, ensuring your work is completed in time and doesn’t hinder the other team member’s progress is a must.

You tend to build the much-required trust and a motivated team that is willing to contribute more and help each other complete their tasks where needed.

This way there is increased collaboration, faster issue resolution, and all-around productivity rise.

How to ensure accountability in project management?

What is required is for team members to be clear of their roles and responsibilities on the projects, clarity around their task assignments & timelines, and the overall project schedule.

To start with, deploying a work management tool like Orangescrum is a must for:

· Robust task breakdown

· Resource management and planning

· Monitoring task progress

· Constant review of project KPIs

· Time tracking

· All round collaboration in real-time

In addition to the above, project managers can take some tactical steps using project and task collaboration tools to increase project-wide accountability.

Setup user roles and responsibilities

This ensures they aren’t distracted within the tool and get straight to the information they need to complete the task at hand in time.

Clarity on their roles and expectations ensures there isn’t scope for error and leads to increased accountability.

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Digital Marketing Specialist at Orangescrum.