So often we talk about accountability at work but as I mentioned in my previous blog, I’m yet to meet anyone who lacked accountability in their life who magically turned on accountability at work.
So it’s probably worth taking some time to look at the signs of people who are highly accountable in their life outside of work if you are looking to hire people who are more likely to be accountable at work.
Let’s take the principles of accountability we discussed earlier and adapt the concepts for life…..
Results not excuses – It’s often useful to understand how people attack personal goals. How do they go about setting goals for themselves? And then how do they go about achieving them. Do they give up the moment a feasible excuse presents itself? Or do they find a work around so that they can still achieve their desired results? For example, are they the kind of person who can’t exercise because it’s raining? Or do they find other exercise options regardless of the weather?
Helpful vs unhelpful thinking – Things don’t always go according to plan at work, and let’s face it, in life they are probably even less likely to go according to plan. Remember that helpful thinking will help us to ask the right questions, and be creative in how we might approach life’s road bumps. It could be dealing with illness of a loved one, aging parents etc. What are some helpful ways to approach the situation rather than unhelpful or even helpless approaches?
There is always a solution – Accountable people have the belief that there is always a solution. Sometimes we may need to ask others for help, or for their opinions or bring in the experts, but chances are you aren’t the first person to go through whatever it is you are currently going through. Just because you don’t yet know a way forward, doesn’t mean there isn’t one!
No blame – See a problem? How are you going to be part of the solution? People who are accountable every day will always look to see how they can be part of a solution rather than just focus on problems and other people to blame. Yes, perhaps you feel others should behave a certain way and don’t – so what are you going to do about it?
Blame is one of the biggest cancers and drain on energy credits that we see in relationships. It’s amazing how much blame can creep into relationships even just on the little things. If your partner forgot the milk, don’t blame them, remember that you could have called to remind them to pick some up on the way home.
Ask for what you need – Further to the last point, so many people blame their boss for their unhappiness at work, or their partner for not giving them what they need at home. So many articles are about the fact that people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. I think that’s a little unfair on the bosses. Bosses (and life partners for that matter) aren’t mind readers. The first question is – did you ask for what you needed or give your boss a heads up on how you like to be managed? Accountable people have the conversation and give their boss every chance to manage them better. If they don’t choose to follow, well that’s a topic for another blog…….
Self-care is crucial – Accountable people know that to be their best self to others they need to put themselves first and do whatever nourishes and re-energises them.
It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
This includes taking proactive care of their physical and mental health and not just waiting until they see the signs of physical or mental health issues. They know that taking regular breaks and holidays are a super important part of self-care.
So just like it’s better to work with people who are accountable, it’s also pretty cool to hang out with people who are accountable. Not saying that accountable people have lives that are all plain sailing – there will definitely be some rocky times. But how you attack those problems together is very different if you hang with accountable people.
If you’d like help with hiring people who are more likely to be accountable at work, please do get in touch.