Creating work environments that are conducive to producing good, high-quality work is trickier than it might appear at first sight. In workplaces where employees take responsibility for their actions, however, leaders can expect much higher levels of productivity--especially if team members are personally taking responsibility for their work, good and bad.
Read on for five ways to create this culture of responsibility, and prepare to be amazed by what it adds to your team--and your company.
1. Let your employees decide the method of action
Having employees determine what their desired approach is also allows them to take responsibility for a potentially failed outcome if it doesn't work out. Make your expectations and standards clear, but don't tell your employees the step-by-step approach to solving the problem. They may surprise you with a new approach you hadn't thought of.
2. Expect employee autonomy when it comes to decisions
Pushing decision making down to the lowest level of an organization allows you to take a great deal of responsibility off of your own shoulders, leaving most of it in the hands of the people actually doing work. As noted above, when people are pushed to make their own decisions, they're more likely to be held accountable for their work. So, if there's an expectation that employees--at every level--are expected to make decisions, overall responsibility will surely rise.
3. Instill pride in the organization
Encouraging team members to be proud of the mission behind your organization, and the way your organization goes about executing that mission, creates an opportunity for employees to be proud of the work they're doing every day. When people take pride in their work, they also take more responsibility for it.
4. Encourage a sense of ownership
When people are more involved in a singular project or department, they'll feel more ownership over their work--and, subsequently, more responsibility for a certain project. Let go of your own ownership and spread it around to the whole organization. It'll encourage people to work much more strongly than if they felt otherwise.
5. Reward those who take responsibility
When employees do step up, it's important to reward those setting a good example for others. People will feel noticed, encouraged, and better equipped to continue producing good work--and those who are not taking as much responsibility might even be encouraged to.