We’ve all heard of people using the New Year as their opportunity to set themselves resolutions and expectations for the year ahead. While this is important from a personal perspective, it is even more so from in the business environment. Regardless of whether your organization is a start-up or has been in operation for decades, goal setting at the beginning and throughout the work year is a vital process for keeping your organization and employees on track.
Without a clear direction of where you would like your organization to be in a year’s time and a game plan as to how this will be achieved, you could be setting both your company’s performance and employee’s performance up for failure.
Research has shown that setting goals cannot only boost performance by motivating employees to increase their efforts but it also induces stronger focus and helps prioritization. Keeping your employee’s performance on track throughout the year should be a top priority on every HR professionals list.
Everybody needs a little bit of motivation and without clear set SMART goals, this can be challenging. Make sure to encourage employees to set personal work goals at the beginning of each year. It is important that this process of goal setting is made more meaningful by ensuring that employee’s goals line up with business objectives and that employees are fully involved. By providing clarity to employees and showing them how they can provide value to the business through completion of their goals, this will encourage them to stay driven and allow them to keep their eye on the bigger picture.
Having SMART goals in place defines vision and drives accountability. Goal setting in the workplace gives HR professionals the opportunity to set clear expectations for employees and track their goal performance continuously throughout the working year. Keeping touch points and revisiting an employee’s goals can also help in adapting their goals to the changing business environment.
Ultimately, goal setting is not just about ensuring that employees stay on track with their work during the year but will encourage personal growth within the role. It opens them up to the staying focus, accountable and challenging themselves to improve on their skills and competencies.
When implemented properly, a goal setting process opens the doors for regular performance management conversations within organizations. Moving away from the idea of holding yearly review sessions with employees and encouraging regular feedback helps employees keep their goals front of mind and will result in a more productive, motivated and driven team.
With Sprigg’s clear and concise to use Goal Setting templates, we give you the ability to easily collaborate with employees when setting their yearly SMART goals. Our software program provides a no-nonsense approach to goal writing ensuring that employees set themselves challenging yet attainable goals that align with overall business objectives. Additionally, we provide you with an extensive library tool that helps you to measure competencies to better equip you for driving employee engagement and fostering more meaningful employee performance conversations.
To hear more about how Sprigg could help you foster goal setting in the New Year, request a free demo with us today!