Workplace accountabilities: worthy challenge or potential threat?

Jeremy R. Brees, David M. Sikora, Gerald R. Ferris

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Purpose: Combining early and untested accountability perspectives with stress research, the authors examined the degree to which employees perceive workplace accountabilities as either worthy challenges to be overcome or potential threats to be avoided. Design/methodology/approach: The authors utilized structural equation modeling to evaluate our hypotheses and tested them across two data samples, using two different sampling techniques collected four years apart. Findings: Employees' individual differences of attribution style, negative affectivity and core self-evaluations influenced how subjects approached accountability pressures in their workplace, which in turn, was associated with job satisfaction and turnover intentions. Originality/value: By examining how employees evaluate accountability pressures, this investigation advances existing research by exploring the different ways in which employees perceive workplace accountabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-537
Number of pages21
JournalCareer Development International
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 10 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Accountability
  • Attribution style
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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