Today, the legal liability and accountability of professionals working in different fields are extremely important because professionals have to be responsible for outcomes of their work and they should be motivated to provide services and products that are really safe for clients. Therefore, people in certain professions should be held to higher standards of legal accountability and responsibility. This is particularly important when professionals are working in industries that may put under a threat the health and safety of people.
The introduction of higher standards of legal accountability and responsibility for certain professions has a number of advantages. First, the high standards increase the liability and responsibility that makes professionals conscious of their responsibility for outcomes of their work (Brown, 2003). They will consider carefully all legal issues to prevent harm to anyone. Second, the high standards decrease the risk of errors because professionals become more responsible (Dessler, 2004). Furthermore, the high standards lead to the higher quality of products and services being delivered to clients.
On the other hand, it is possible to distinguish some disadvantages. First, the high costs of training increase even more because professionals need to expand their knowledge and skills (Hesselbein, Goldsmith, & Beckhard, 1996). At the same time, professionals need to expand their knowledge and spend more time on training to meet higher standards of legal accountability and responsibility that may affect the narrow, professional skills and abilities.
The high standards of legal accountability and responsibility should be maintained among fire fighters and the military as well as other professions, which are related to potential hazards and threats to public safety and individual health. In this regard, low-qualified and semi-qualified employees do not need such high standards.
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Hesselbein, F., Goldsmith, M., & Beckhard, R. (Eds.). (1996). The Leader of the Future: new visions, strategies, and practices for the next era. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.