Human Resources: Making Employee Goals SMART in 2017

Posted by Creatiq Support | Thursday, January 12, 2017

Human Resources: Making Employee Goals SMART in 2017

Posted by Creatiq Support | Thursday, January 12, 2017

We’re into 2017, and the time is now for  Human Resources departments to encourage management and employees to set
company and departmental goals for the year. Unfortunately, not all goals are
created equal.   The statistics show
 that only 8% of individuals who make resolutions
in the new year accomplish them, with the rest infrequently or never meeting
their goals. These kinds of statistics have the potential to demoralize the
entire office.

So, how can workers make goals that they’re more likely to succeed at
initially
and maintain in the future? The good news is that there’s a
way to help employees with goal setting. The key is that they need to make
their goals SMART.

SMART is an acronym that stands for:

    Specific.
    Employees need to make clearly definable goals. Instead of saying
    “I’ll be a better worker,” they should define how they plan to
    improve their office performance. Narrowing the focus of goals makes them
    easier to achieve.
      Measurable.
      It’s hard to succeed at a goal without creating measurable data for
      success. If an employee’s goal is to be more timely to meetings, it’s hard
      for them to know how frequently they need to be on time to meet them.
      However, if they decide they need to be on time 90% of the time, they can
      measure their success.
        Attainable.
        Many workers strive for perfection, but the reality is that no one is
        perfect 100% of the time. Had the worker above created a goal to be on
        time 100% of the time, with no errors, they likely would have stumbled at
        some point. However, a goal of being on time 90% of the time is
        attainable.
          Realistic.
          Good goals are realistic to an employee’s position level and strengths.
          Mail room workers will probably feel disappointed if they plan to get
          promoted to CEO in 2017, and a talented engineer might not publish a novel
          immediately. However, both workers can aim for goals and promotions that
          are
          realistic in their current scope of employment.
            Time-Sensitive.
            When goals have an end point, they motivate employees to work to achieve
            them. The length of time could range from a week to a year, depending on
            the ambitiousness of the goal. Without an end date, it’s harder to make
            goals measurable, attainable, or realistic.

              By educating other departments about SMART goals, your company will be on
              their way to high levels of achievement in 2017. May you have a wonderful new
              year!