Everyone wants to create the best impact. You create the greatest impact when all your energies and resources are focused on a particular goal. In a team setting, you create maximum impact when the energies and attention of everyone in the team are focused on a particular goal. Goal alignment creates a better impact.
Dispersed goals spread the team’s energies and efforts thin on several divergent goals and fail to maximise the impact which in turn can result in churn and underperformance.
Goal setting should therefore be SMART, CLEAR, and well-aligned with the company strategy. Well-aligned goals boost employee engagement and performance and, reduce organisational inertia. They promote innovation and improve organisational performance and create a sense of shared purpose and direction among team members. They foster a feeling of belongingness.
Goals set the tone for your organisational strategy.
Goals drive people. Setting goals is the best technique for communicating expectations to employees. Setting goals is crucial in motivating employees as achieving the goals offers a sense of accomplishment to employees. So, it is crucial to have the company and department goals established before setting goals for employees.
Involving employees in goal setting is crucial.
Involving employees in goal setting helps in ownership of the goals and better engagement. When goals are owned, employees are more motivated and focused on their work, resulting in greater productivity and quality output. Setting challenging but achievable goals will encourage employees to push themselves and achieve greater results.
Aligned goals connect employees and teams.
When the company, departmental and individual goals are well connected, the employees better understand their roles and contribution to the big picture. That motivates them to work more effectively. Aligned goals help find areas for improvement and track employee progress.
Recognise the interconnectedness of human resource processes.
Human resource processes in managing people are interconnected. Setting well-aligned goals is one of the steps. To ensure superior performance, you must streamline performance monitoring and appraisal, training and development, reward, and employee engagement.
When goals are clear and attainable, performance improves. When employee performance improves, the company results follow, whether revenue growth, profitability, or the standard of customer service. Contact us today or visit our website (www.futureoptions.org) if you are looking for expert guidance on goal setting. We would love to help!
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