Accountability: While addressing job-related responsibilities, confirms established processes are followed. Accomplishes job related tasks and goals by adhering to policies and procedures. Accepts responsibility for actions and engages in appropriate behavior to address work-related issues associated with job.
Your level of skill in accountability directly affects the effectiveness of your work efforts, and can affect the results of your colleagues’ work. The minimum accountability skills expected of new employees are displayed through documenting work progress, completing work on schedule, letting others know of potential conflicts, and stepping up to take responsibility for the results of their work.
Established UIC employees demonstrate ownership of work products, services, and results. As employees progress in their UIC careers, and skills in goal setting, as well as monitoring the success of objectives and goals, also develop.
Examples of Accountability in Practice
- Documents work progress and maintains necessary records as requested
- Completes assignments on or ahead of schedule
- Demonstrates ability to notify others of his/her actions that may conflict with UIC’s processes
- Takes responsibility for work products, services and results; does not shift blame to others
- Works with employees to establish goals
- Confirms and implements measures to assess college, unit, department, program or project effectiveness
- Monitors goals and objectives in a systematic, timely manner and takes necessary action to address areas of concern
- Encourages others to take ownership of work products, services and results
- Establishes college/department/unit processes for achieving goals defined in strategic plan
- Provides context necessary for employees to understand role of college, department, or unit in UIC’s strategic plan
- Develops long term strategies at the college, department, unit, or program level consistent with UIC’s mission