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Workplace accountabilities: worthy challenge or potential threat?

Jeremy R. Brees (W.A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA)
David M. Sikora (Parker College of Business, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, USA)
Gerald R. Ferris (Department of Management, College of Business Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 6 June 2020

Issue publication date: 10 August 2020




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.


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.


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.


By examining how employees evaluate accountability pressures, this investigation advances existing research by exploring the different ways in which employees perceive workplace accountabilities.



Brees, J.R., Sikora, D.M. and Ferris, G.R. (2020), "Workplace accountabilities: worthy challenge or potential threat?", Career Development International, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 517-537.



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