Accountability directly influences the effectiveness of work efforts. Employees demonstrate ownership of work products, services, and results through goal setting and monitoring the success of objectives and goals. UIC employees take responsibility for the challenges and barriers that arise by looking for solutions and creative ways of completing work.

As employees progress in tenure and responsibility, the expectation is the employee will exhibit higher-level skill, knowledge, and ability in accountability. Examples of higher-level behaviors indicated for those who may have years of experience in a role, lead a project team, head up a committee, or demonstrate exceptional skill. Employees who consistently exceed the expectations of their role may become a mentor to others.