1. Admit wrongdoings: Perhaps the most obvious way to hold yourself accountable is to admit when you’re wrong or have made a mistake; there is much to be said for someone who is willing to do so. It’s memorable when people will accept responsibility, but it’s equally memorable when someone seems to seldom apologize.
  2. Take pride in your work: Since you are responsible for the work that you complete, it’s important to give it your all. Even if a task seems simple or mundane, you want to show that you are responsible for the effort put into your assignments and you hold yourself to a high standard.
  3. Don’t make excuses: There’s a difference between an excuse and a valid reason. Generally, the difference between the two is clear. If you’re going to be accountable for yourself, your actions, and your work, you must be truthful, not only with those you work with, but to yourself. Sometimes it can be more difficult to be honest with yourself, but the key to being authentic often starts with being true to yourself, and you’ll find that it then comes naturally to be honest with others.
  4. Be transparent: If you’re struggling with a task, ask for help. If you don’t think you’ll be able to meet your deadline, let your supervisor know. People appreciate when others are upfront about issues of these sorts.
  5. Contribute: When you work for a company, part of your job is to represent that company well. There are ways of contributing to your company that go beyond doing your job. It might not be absolutely necessary for you to raise your hand in a meeting and contribute, but it’s a good idea to be as involved as you can. Having solid suggestions to bring to the table will show that you are giving your job your all.
  6. Be upfront: Your issues at work are your responsibilities, thus avoiding them is avoiding your responsibilities. If you have a problem, whether that be with the software you’re using, the people on your team, or being on time to work, address it! Doing nothing about your concerns also does nothing to alleviate them. Tackling them head on will show that you are taking responsibility for whatever comes your way—even unfavorable circumstances and situations.


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