- Posted by Maria Peterson
- On January 17, 2020
What does your organization want to achieve in 2020? To make your organization successful, think about your company’s direction. Are your employees’ goals aligned with your organization’s goals? Employee goals should align with the company’s mission and strategy. Do your employees have a clear understanding of what their manager expects from them in their role? Have managers clearly communicated their expectations? By working with your managers to set goals for the year, you have a better understanding of priorities and where energies should be focused.
When setting goals, set SMART goals. This acronym stands for:
- Specific –Have you clearly identified the “who, what, when, where and why” of what you wish to accomplish?
- Measurable –What does it look like when you have achieved this goal? Include dates, percentages, etc. so that you can measure your degree of success.
- Attainable – The goal should be challenging but achievable.
- Realistic – Does this goal fit with the organization’s needs as well as mine?
- Timely – The goals should have a deadline so that there is a sense of urgency and achievement.
By writing down goals and sharing them with others, they become real and tangible. Once the goals are written and identified, an action plan should be put in place with steps and milestones so that your employees will see that they are making progress toward their ultimate goal. Managers should set reminders to regularly review their employees’ progress to goals. If circumstances change and the goal is no longer relevant, it is okay to switch gears and set a new goal. Goal setting allows employees to work with focus and purpose – to be pro-active rather than reactive. By setting employee’s goals with the organization’s goals and initiatives in mind, it helps to ensure that everyone on the team is working together to accomplish the company’s goals.