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‘Responsibility creep’, what is it? And how can you avoid it?

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‘Responsibility creep’ is a term that’s been gaining traction lately, but it’s not a new concept. 

Simply put, it refers to the gradual expansion of an individual or organisation’s duties, beyond an original scope or mandate.

On an individual level, responsibility creep manifests as an accumulation of tasks and obligations that stretch you, and divert your focus from core objectives. 

From a broader business perspective, responsibility creep can divert focus from agreed strategies, affecting existing roadmaps, new features and product releases. All of these can hinder innovation and competitiveness in the market. 

For entrepreneurs, it can mean succumbing to the allure of quick expansion into new territories, hopping on market trends or prioritising unexpected investor or board demands.  

Regardless of your status, both forms of creep can lead to overextension and dilution of what a person, team or company is trying to achieve. 

Danger zone 

While taking on more responsibilities may seem like a natural progression for growing businesses, this comes with its fair share of risks. 

Expanding responsibilities without adequate resources can strain employees, finances and infrastructure, all of which jeopardise the overall health of the business.

It’s also a compliance issue. With the additional tasks that come with responsibility creep, this can expose the business to risk and potential fines for non-compliance should a regulatory change be missed or unknown. 

One of the most common consequences of responsibility creep is employee burnout, brought on by excessive workloads. Though obviously, the associated productivity drops, retention rates and hiring struggles also have a clear business impact too. 

To mitigate the risks associated with responsibility creep, there are many measures leadership can take, including giving regular reminders of the company’s core mission, appointing an advocate for them in the C-suite, and reviewing goals quarterly.  

However, if a company founder is a loose cannon, and/or is easily distracted, this can be a losing battle for employees at all levels. If this sounds like your organisation, it could be time to find somewhere new. 

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