The Importance of Accountability Paper
Week Four Individual Assignment
February 17, 2013
Accountability is important in every type of industry but for the health care industry it is very important. Someone is accountable for everything that occurs in each health care organization. Accountability is accepting ownership for everything that happens, whether it is good or bad. When employees have a high level of accountability fewer mistakes and the resources used by the organization will not be abused. The quality of care will also improve. When a surgeon does an excellent job, and saves a life, they are accountable. If a nurse administers too much ...view middle of the document...
This would be a successful situation for management and the employee because management can assist the employee in becoming a better employee, and it can help the employee know what he or she needs to improve.
Keeping employees engaged in their work is another way to measure accountability in their job performance. When management assigns a certain job or task to their employees, they need to make sure that the employee understands what exactly needs to be done. Also keeping an employee engaged in his or her job performance helps his or her performance standards increase.
A third way management can measure employee accountability is for supervisors and managers to give feedback on a regular basis to his or her employees. When an employee is not doing something correctly instead of yelling or reprimanding the employee management needs to explain what he or she is doing wrong and help him or her find the correct way. Employees who know their supervisors or managers are watching and are available will work harder to improve themselves because they know that they will be accountable. Holding the employee accountable is a good way of measuring employee performance. Managers and supervisors who do not hold their employees accountable are not going to have employees who engage in their job.
The management of a health care organization needs to be accountable for all their actions. This includes any decisions made by a leaders and managers of the organization. Many times management will encounter ethical considerations they must make. The management will be held accountable for the decision they choose. When a leader or manager has to make an ethical decision, they need to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making his or her decision. Looking at what the possible outcomes of the decision is important, this way they know what can happen as a result of the decision. When a leader or manager carefully addresses the situation, they are being accountable because they know if they make the wrong choice they are going to be accountable.
Using a checks-and-balances system in a health care organization is a good way to ensure the success of the organization. Checks-and-balances help keep the employees and management honest. It also ensures accuracy in the organization. For example in a health care organization patients are billed for services performed. By using a checks and balances system there is more than one person who verifies the services performed. This way the doctor who sees the patient cannot bill for services not performed. The nurses and their aids can verify the services performed. This helps keep the patients records accurate. Medical records and bills are not done by one person; several people are part of the process. This helps keep all records accurate and honest. Using a good checks-and-balances system keeps the organization honest and accurate therefore this keeps the organization successful.