Holding employees accountable is necessary for a positive work culture. It is a requirement for happy, engaged, satisfied and successful employees. But, employee accountability can be difficult for even most the experienced business leaders and managers to master. An article from Entrepreneur gives four steps you can take to encourage personal accountability with your employees.

Embrace Challenges
Push your employees slightly outside of their comfort zone. Acknowledge the discomfort along with the learning process. Teach employees to try something, learn what worked and what didn’t work and move forward.

Provide Consistent Feedback
Create a system for providing regular feedback to employees. Insecurity causes a decline in employee performance. Clarity about one’s role and performance helps employees perform at their highest levels.

Encourage Self-Reflection
In addition to receiving feedback from their supervisor; employees need to learn to reflect on their own performance. Encourage employees to evaluate their own work and find things they are doing well and areas for improvement.

Emphasize the Importance
Consistency when it comes to accountability is important for success. Make it a part of your language and your culture. Schedule times for weekly or monthly accountability meetings for your teams. Talk about what is important and why.

Bestselling author Shawn Achor, states that 90 percent of your long-term happiness is predicted not by your environment, but by the way you process and perceive the world around you. This means that throwing money, promotion or perks at unhappy employees will not help your issues with employee engagement. Teaching your employees personal accountability is one way to ensure that you have a positive work culture and increase employee engagement, happiness and satisfaction.