This post originally appeared on the Louisiana Technology Park blog.
Accountability can have a wide range of positive impacts on organizations — from increased employee commitment to better morale to improved performance. Despite this, many companies and leaders have not fully integrated accountability into their cultures.
The average human being spends about two and a half hours per day in drama, according to research from Reality-Based Leadership, a leadership training and employee development firm founded by New York Times bestselling author and thought leader Cy Wakeman. Drama, according to the company, is defined as any disruptive behavior or thought pattern that really takes away from results.
“A simpler way to define it is we look at drama as waste in the workplace — but it’s not typical waste you see, like in manufacturing. It’s mental and emotional waste,” says Alex Dorr, VP of People Evolution at Reality-Based Leadership.
Dorr says reallocating all that wasted time and energy from drama to business operations that actually matter can have a dramatic impact on your company. Here’s how leaders can better recognize the sources of drama in their organizations, then use simple mental techniques to get people back on track.