Every individual within Iron Range Engineering has a certain level of responsibility to the school and to fellow students. Unfortunately, this responsibility (or personal accountability) isn’t always where it should be for individuals and the group as a whole. This being said, there are various ways in which we can tackle this issue, both constructive and destructive.
The first option I’d like to talk about is babysitting. By this I mean one person (or several persons) believes that every second of every workday has to planned out to a T, and everyone needs someone looking over their shoulders to make sure that we are on task. The second option is personal accountability. To me, this seems like a much better choice. Personal accountability is an obligation to answer for an action. This coincides with personal responsibility, which is the obligation to act. These two things (personal accountability and responsibility) are to be done by the individual alone, and the standards at which these are set are also done by the individual. I guess what I am trying to say is that we need to worry about ourselves and understand that everyone has a level of accountability that should be incorporated into our workday.
Understanding personal accountability and responsibility is a huge part of being a professional. Employers aren’t going to be babysitters; they are going to have expectations that we need to meet. By the end of our two years at IRE, I think everyone will understand and practice this professional obligation.
Proofread by: Derek Phillips