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How can I be accountable at work??

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Accountability at work

How to improve accountability at work?

Accountability is an obligation you’ve follow through with when you join a team. It’s basically your willingness to being honest, cooperative and be responsible for timely delivery of your part. There are certain factors that you need to keep in mind to be an accountable employee.

Today I will teach you how to be an accountable and efficient worker. These tips will certainly turn you into a crucial asset for any company. That’s a promise by your very own accountability coach.

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Create a Plan

You can’t be accountable if you don’t have a plan. Coming up with a smart and strategic plan shows that you’ve thought about the job and are serious about it. A plan keeps you honest and accountable to your own commitments.

Not only that, but planning is at the root of every success. We are where we are today because of detail oriented planning. Here’s what a plan of an accountable worker includes:

  • Setting goals and ensuring you understand their importance clearly
  • Setting start and end dates
  • Breaking down big projects into smaller manageable tasks
  • Identifying steps for delivering on time
  • Having your team do the same


Some things are more important than others. They say, it isn’t always the hard worker that completes the work first. Most of the time, an employee that works smart is the one that delivers first. That’s why you should always work smart rather than grinding your gears by working hard for something that can be solved better using your intellectual skills. Putting it shortly,

  • Collect and list all your tasks.
  • Point out the most important tasks of the bunch.
  • Assess their priority level based on urgency.
  • Order them according to the difficulty level.
  • Adapt to jobs you are inexperienced at and be flexible enough to learn.
  • Know when to quit and ask for help.

Apply Darren’s 5 D’s of getting things done

  • Do
    • Put your maximum effort into getting it done.
  • Delay
    • Delay something you can’t do until you learn how to do it.
  • Delegate
    • Have someone else do something you can’t do, in your stead.
  • Delete
    • Focus on another task.
  • Call Darren
    • I’ll be your accountability partner. We will work together and I’ll hold you to account to ensure you “do what you say you’re a going to do, when you say you will do it”.

Partner Up

Ask someone to be your partner. I am serious. No successful person has achieved success without another mind at his side. Two minds are very useful when it comes to high-quality decision making.

Take the example of the world’s former richest person: Bill Gates. He founded Microsoft in partnership with his childhood friend: Paul Allen. They ended up creating one of the most successful software companies in the world.

You need another person by your side. The reason is, people feel temptations more times than they think of. Only a sincere partner can pull you out of those in the nick of time. Without a partner, I have seen many people rise, and then immediately fall back down, even lower than from where they started. All this because they gave in to temptations.

Choose a friend you trust. Ask them to be your partner and cover your back when times are tough. Man is a social animal, we can survive much better in a community than all alone.

However, if you still can’t think of someone, Darren is always here to save the day. Just dial me up and I will prioritise your business growth over everything else.


To be accountable at work, you must plan your actions with complete attention. Prioritise important tasks first, do hard jobs later. And at the end of the day, for continued growth, you must choose a partner/mentor to keep you away from temptations.

Furthermore, do you know about your probability of meeting the obligations, promises, goals and commitments made to yourself and others? Research suggests, the rates of success as follows:

10% – If you have an idea or a goal.

25% – If you consciously decide you will do it.

40% – If you decide when you will do it.

50% – If you plan how you will do it.

65% – If you commit to someone, you will do it.

95% – If you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you have committed to.