Accountability Survey

1. Directions

 
According to Webster's dictionary, accountability is the "obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's own actions." The purpose of this survey is to evaluate how accountability is perceived and it is not solely limited to your own accountability. You will be asked to provide some demographic information in questions 1-9. In questions 10-13, please respond to the statements by selecting the choice that best describes how you perceive your peers', your manager's, your direct reports', and your own level of accountability.

The following are the definitions for the key relationships you are asked to evaluate. "Peers" are defined as having the same or similar level of responsibility as you in the organization and reporting to same manager as you. "Direct reports" are individuals who report to you and whose work performance you monitor. "Manager" is the person you report to and who monitors your work performance.

This fourteen question survey is being sent to senior level executives at Fortune 500 companies and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be treated confidentially and findings will be reported anonymously. The findings will be submitted for possible publication. At the conclusion of the survey, the findings will be shared with you. Kindly complete the survey by Friday, August 15, 2008. Below please find instructions for either manual or electronic completion of the survey. Thank you for your participation.

Electronic Submission/Completion
To access the survey at any time, please go to the following website www.accountabilitysurvey.org, which should also be indicated in the letter you received. The survey cannot be partially saved and finished at a later time, so please allow sufficient time to answer all questions and submit during one session. The icon at the bottom of the screen "Next" will allow you to advance through subsequent screens.

Manual Completion
If you are more comfortable completing the answers offline, you may complete the enclosed survey and mail it directly to Jeanne M. Egan at address provided.

Thank you for your participation! Please contact Jeanne M. Egan at jeanne.egan@chsli.org or 516-562-6908 if you have any questions.

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1. Please type the survey identification number that was provided to you.
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2. Gender
3. Age
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4. Please select the discipline that best describes your role in your corporation.
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5. Please select the category or categories that best describes the industry you are working in.
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6. How many people do you have directly reporting to you?
7. Please indicate the number of years (tenure) you have worked at your present company.
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8. Please indicate the number of years you have been in your current position at your organization.
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9. Please select the description that most closely matches the title associated with the people directly reporting to you.
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10. Please evaluate the following statements and utilizing a rating scale of 1-strongly disagree, 2-disagree, 3-neutral, 4-agree, 5-strongly agree, indicate your level of agreement/disagreement. The following questions are meant to evaluate how you perceive your own accountability.

Rating Scale
1. I am held very accountable for my actions at work.
2. I am proactive in identifying potential internal or external factors that may derail an initiative before it happens.
3. I often have to explain my actions.
4. My peers hold me accountable for all my decisions.
5. My manager holds me accountable for all my decisions.
6. My direct reports hold me accountable for all my decisions.
7. If things do not go the way that they should, I will hear about it from my manager, direct reports and/or peers.
8. To a great extent, the success of my immediate work group rests on my shoulders.
9. The jobs of many people at work depend on my successes or failures.
10. In the grand scheme of things, my efforts at work are very important.
11. My co-workers, direct reports, and manager closely scrutinize my efforts at work.
12. I exemplify ideal accountability behaviors for my manager, peers and direct reports.
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11. Please evaluate the following statements and utilizing a rating scale of 1-strongly disagree, 2-disagree, 3-neutral, 4-agree, 5-strongly agree, indicate your level of agreement/disagreement. The following questions are meant to evaluate how you perceive your manager's level of accountability.
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1. My manager is held very accountable for his/her actions at work.
2. My manager is proactive in identifying potential internal or external factors that may derail an initiative before it happens.
3. My manager often has to explain his/her actions.
4. My peers hold my manager accountable for all of his/her decisions.
5. The Board of Directors hold my manager accountable for all his/her decisions.
6. I hold my manager accountable for all of his/her decisions.
7. If things do not go the way that they should, my manager will hear about it from the Board of Directors, my peers and/or me.
8. To a great extent, the success of my manager's immediate work group rests on his/her shoulders.
9. The jobs of many people at work depend on my manager's successes or failures.
10. In the grand scheme of things, my manager's efforts at work is very important.
11. The Board of Directors, my peers and I closely scrutinize my manager's efforts at work.
12. My manager exemplifies ideal accountability behaviors for my peers and me.
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12. Please evaluate the following statements and utilizing a rating scale of 1-strongly disagree, 2-disagree, 3-neutral, 4-agree, 5-strongly agree, indicate your level of agreement/disagreement. The following questions are meant to evaluate how you perceive your peers' level of accountability.
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1. My peers are held very accountable for their actions at work.
2. My peers are proactive in identifying potential internal or external factors that may derail an initiative before it happens.
3. My peers often have to explain their actions.
4. I hold my peers accountable for all their decisions.
5. My manager holds my peers accountable for all their decisions.
6. My peers' direct reports hold my peers accountable for all their decisions.
7. If things do not go the way that they should, my peers will hear about it from my manager and/or me.
8. To a great extent, the success of my peers' immediate work group rests on their shoulders.
9. The jobs of many people at work depend on my peers' successes or failures.
10. In the grand scheme of things, my peers' efforts at work are very important.
11. My manager, my direct reports, and I closely scrutinize my peers' efforts at work.
12. My peers' exemplify ideal accountability behaviors for my manager and me.
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13. Please evaluate the following statements and utilizing a rating scale of 1-strongly disagree, 2-disagree, 3-neutral, 4-agree, 5-strongly agree, indicate your level of agreement/disagreement. The following questions are how you perceive your direct report's level of accountability.
Rating Scale
1. My direct reports are held very accountable for their actions at work.
2. My direct reports are proactive in identifying potential internal or external factors that may derail an initiative before it happens.
3. My direct reports often have to explain their actions.
4. My peers hold their direct reports accountable for all their decisions.
5. I hold my direct reports accountable for all their decisions.
6. The staff hold my direct reports accountable for all their decisions.
7. If things do not go the way that they should, my direct reports will hear about it from me.
8. To a great extent, the success of my direct reports immediate work group rests on their shoulders.
9. The jobs of many people at work depend on my direct reports successes or failures.
10. In the grand scheme of things, my direct report's efforts at work are very important.
11. The staff, my peers, and I closely scrutinize my direct reports efforts at work.
12. My direct reports exemplify ideal accountability behaviors for me.
14. How do you think accountability could be made a stronger core aspect in the daily workplace?
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