Does accountability lead to better performance in schools?

Posted 2 months ago by Justin Smith

In almost any circumstance, holding people accountable results in an increase in productivity and achievement.  This is the reason that so many people join groups when wanting to reach a goal (such as losing weight), post their current project milestones on social media, or keep a journal of their task progression.  Knowing that you are being held accountable to someone, or even just yourself, is a powerful motivator.

This is not to say that helicoptering over your employees is something you should aim for, but general milestones, goal setting, and task delegation are just a few of the areas where you can create more accountability, and therefore more efficiency, in your school. However, in order to minimize bottlenecks these goals must be tracked or recorded.

What is a bottleneck?  This is when business processes get backed up, causing workflow issues.  For example, if a vital employee is out and no one else can cover his/her workload, the work is going to pile up.  If just one employee falls behind on their task list, it can cause dependent work to fall behind as well. Multiple employees not doing their job well = multiple bottlenecks.

One of the most effective parts about Script’s workflow automation/approval system is that it ties metrics to the efficiency and performance of employees. Through fixing the bottlenecks that occur in school business, your faculty and staff will be more productive.

However, it’s not just employees that lend themselves to creating these workflow stalls.  Inefficient systems used in your office or district can be just as if not more damaging to your school’s productivity. Using workflow automation software like Script can allow administrators to view employee progress at a glance.  Quickly check to see which staff members signed a document, which documents are being held up by whom, and also gain insight into their performance. This holds them accountable while also allowing you to send friendly reminders to those that need it, thus, keeping everyone on track. It’s so quick and easy!

By automating work processes and having digital task lists, employees know exactly what is expected of them and are aware they are being monitored by administration.  The administration knows that the automated tasks are being carried out effectively and in the most efficient manner.  This accountability not only creates a more productive workplace, but also clears up any discrepancies. Employees have a very clear understanding of what is and is not expected of them, creating a happier and healthier work environment.

Once these steps are taken and accountability measures are put into place, you should see productivity improve drastically!