Pathway to Success: How to Set Goals for Your Team Next Year
Goal setting is a powerful tool, allowing you to give your team direction while motivating them to excel. However, setting goals for your team can be challenging. Often, it isn’t easy to determine which goals will be most effective at a glance. As a result, some managers miss the mark, choosing objectives that don’t spur the productivity and engagement gains they had in mind.
Thankfully, by using the right approach to goal setting, you can get better results. Here are some tips that can help you set goals for your team next year.
Talk to Your Team
If you want the goals you choose to be effective, you need to engage your team and encourage them to excel. The easiest way to get some insights is to speak with each employee about their career objectives and professional interests.
That way, you can learn more about their unique motivations, allowing you to select goals that align with what’s driving them. By doing so, your priorities will match theirs, increasing the odds that they’ll fully dedicate themselves to achieving that objective.
Show the Connection
In some cases, goals chosen by management seem arbitrary to employees. Often, this is because it isn’t easy to see how the objective connects to the bigger picture, making the target seem inconsequential.
Since most goals are selected for a reason, management needs to go the extra mile and make sure that employees understand why it’s a priority. Showing the connection between the target and the bigger picture makes the goal more meaningful, increasing the odds that the employees will also view it as important.
Go Beyond Profitability
For many companies, goals center on financial gain. While the company succeeding does benefit employees, helping a business increase its profits isn’t particularly motivating if the workers aren’t getting a piece of that money. As a result, the goals need to provide something other than financial gain for the organization.
In some cases, associating an incentive with the objective is enough. If employees receive a reward for hitting the target, that alone can be sufficiently motivating.
Otherwise, you need to imbue the work with greater meaning. For example, you could demonstrate how it helps customers, the community, or their colleagues. If the impact is significant enough, the ability to make that kind of difference may serve as a form of reward.
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