Do Employers Effectively Relay that they Value Employees Being Accountable?
What does it mean to be “accountable”? Are you a responsible person? When my children were young, especially while they were adolescents (or “tweeners”), and they didn’t want to follow the family rules, they would say that they couldn’t wait to be adults. And even when they became 18, they would proudly declare that they were now “legal adults and could do whatever they wanted”, and my response was “there are ‘adults and there are responsible adults’. I believe in supporting responsible children.”
When you are a child, it is up to the parents to explain that children should act responsibly, because when those children become 18, they are “responsible for their behavior”! In fact, in recent times, the law can require those who are under 18 to be required to “pay the price” if the law believes those “children were bound to have known better, and thus be responsible for their actions and behavior.
An observation that has been noticed more in recent times that many adults have been lax about taking responsibility for those actions and behaviors. Though many who have been guilty of this have been young adults, there are many others who are 30, 40 or older and have just been negligent about being responsible for themselves.
The same is true for some people in the workforce. People take positions and then do not take responsibility for their roles in a company. However, equally faulty are those employers who do not clearly explain what are the expectations and responsibilities of each employee. By avoiding to relay what a person is to do or explain who is responsible for specific tasks, it can cause dangerous risks and consequences. If we expect employees to be responsible, they must be properly instructed.
The term “Onboarding” is the process of informing and instructing what is expected of each employee – which should be relayed when they first begin working for you. As the employee learns his/her role, it is critical to track how the employee is doing and to offer constructive feedback. The better this employee is trained, the more of an asset he/she may be to the organization. Each employee can be a BIG benefit to a business when properly trained and instructed to be “accountable” for all responsibilities. How well does your employer provide effective “onboarding”?