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What is Accountability in Performance?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Accountability is the willingness to accept responsibility. In recent years, it has become the key ingredient in achieving the expected performance goals in any organisation. It won’t be wrong to say that accountability has also become the driving force behind the success of many businesses.

A business encompasses various types of accountability. One important aspect is performance accountability, which holds everyone responsible for achieving specific performance outcomes. It ensures everyone in an organisation is aware of their roles and responsibilities.

But how does it impact a business or an organisation? Does it affect the employees? Let’s look into it.

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Accountability in Performance - What Does That Mean?

Performance accountability is about taking responsibility for your performance, delivering results, and meeting expectations. It basically includes being responsible for everything that you do and don’t. To maintain it within any organisation, there’s always a strategy that uses performance evaluation data to track performance progress.

The goal and intention of performance accountability is to improve employees’ performance to improve organisational performance. A workforce is said to be accountable when all its employees and managers are highly motivated and admit and embrace their mistakes and failures.

For instance, when working in a team, if an employee fails to deliver the project on time, he/she must propose a possible solution to keep the project on track. In that case, the project manager will oversee the project and address any issues as they arise.

Importance of Performance Accountability in Business

Organisations with high levels of employee engagement have experienced 21% higher profitability and even 20% higher productivity than those without. These figures clearly state the importance of accountability culture in any business.
Here is why performance accountability is of great importance in any business.

Builds Trust

When employees take responsibility for their actions, it creates a culture of reliability among team members. As everyone is equally held accountable in a team, there is no favouritism. Team members can count on each other, and even customers and clients feel confident partnering with your business.

Employee Satisfaction

Performance accountability comes with regular feedback and recognition, which makes any employee feel valued and motivated. Since accountability comes with fair evaluation, this culture results in better employee satisfaction.

Enhances Organization Performance and Achievement

According to research by the University of Warwick, holding people accountable for their actions improves team performance. As we see it, when we hold people responsible for meeting deadlines and delivering outcomes, they contribute positively to team performance.
Accountability fosters involvement, so everyone clearly knows their responsibilities and expectations. As a result, you have a more engaged workforce that thoroughly produces higher-quality work.

Equal Distribution of Expectations

A strong culture of accountability sets expectations for everyone on the team. Since everyone knows they will be held responsible for their part, they will do it to the best of their abilities. The evaluation criteria and clear dissemination prevent biases and help balance the workloads by monitoring task distribution.

Role of Performance Management in Building Performance Accountability Culture

Performance management is necessary to create an efficient culture of performance accountability in an organisation. It is a systematic process designed to improve everyone’s (individual and team) performance within any organisation.

Having such a system sets the tone for accountability. Its major goal is to maximise productivity, and for that, it provides a clear framework that enables everyone to perform their best. Studies prove that organisations with an engaged workforce tend to be more productive and profitable.

  • Enhance Productivity: It provides a structured approach to monitoring, feedback, and setting goals. Such regular guidance improves employees’ overall performance and productivity. 
  • Learning and Development: These systems help identify areas for improvement and development, which helps employees enhance their skills and acquire new knowledge. 

Recognition and Reward Systems: Performance management systems maintain fair evaluation of employees’ performance. Acknowledging the exceptional performance of the employees further motivates them to strive for excellence.


Performance accountability helps high-performing teams stand apart from mediocre ones. Accountability is associated with an increased commitment to work since it makes everyone responsible for their decisions, performance, and behaviours. However, a strategic approach and the use of a project management system are required to see the results.

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