Is accountability only for subordinatesAccountability in all sections is expected by all superiors. But most of the superiors are not following the same towards the subordinates. A friend of mine was asked to work from home and he is sincerely doing all his works on time with much effort. As the time factor is absent in most of the work from home cases presently, he also works without worrying about the time. He is supposed to report to his immediate head and get directions from him at frequent intervals. For this, he is having a separate mobile number and a separate phone.
But he felt bad the last day. He was asked for some details by his superior the day before evening. During the interactions, the power went off on the superior's side. So he told my friend that they could continue the next day. My friend sat before the laptop and phone from the morning the next day expecting a call from his superior. But he did not receive any call till evening. My friend was reluctant to ring up his superior because he was a known sullen person. By evening 5.30 or so, his superior called him and asked whether he was ready. My friend told him that he was waiting for his call since the morning. On hearing this, the superior got angry and told him that the details were yet to come.
My friend felt very bad and sad. He had wasted the whole day waiting for a call from his superior. He could have used the time for many personal purposes had he been told in the morning that the details would be late and the work can be resumed only after the details are received.
This made him, and me too, wonder whether accountability is applicable only to the subordinates, to his job and to his superiors. Doesn't the superiors have any accountability towards their subordinates? A point to ponder.