How to Help Your Team Set and Achieve Their 2020 Goals
The new year has arrived, and you’re ready to hit the ground running. You have a great team of employees, and you know they’re capable of achieving big things in 2020.
Getting the year off to a strong start means setting goals designed to be reached — or even exceeded. Setting significant goals can be a challenge, and pushing your team to actually accomplish them takes a lot of work. Here’s some advice to help you help them.
Work With Employees Set Meaningful Goals
As noted above, accomplishing goals requires hard work and dedication. If the objectives don’t truly motivate employees in front of them, it can be hard for them to really push themselves. Therefore, the importance of helping them set goals they genuinely care about cannot be emphasized enough.
Make Goals SMART
Vague goals are designed to be tossed aside. Make sure this doesn’t happen to your employees’ objectives by having them write goals the SMART — specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely — way. Since SMART goals offer no room for interpretation, they’re much harder to procrastinate. When people know they’ll be held accountable for their progress, they’re much more inspired to work hard.
Schedule regular one-on-one meetings with employees to discuss the progress they’ve made toward their goals. This is important because knowing the boss is going to hold them accountable makes people work harder. Having regular discussions about their goals is also wise to make sure they’re still relevant. It’s very possible objectives will need to be slightly changed or totally rewritten during the year to ensure they still align with both individual and company plans.
Help Them See the Big Picture
Each of your employees contributes to the overall success of your company. However, it can be difficult for people to understand how their efforts make a difference. Encourage people to work hard to achieve their goals by explaining how they tie into larger company objectives. No one wants to let the team down, so this will inspire them to give their all for the greater good. This will also help them feel more connected to the team, because they’ll really feel like they’re part of its success.
Your employees want to achieve their goals to better both themselves and the company. However, an extra incentive to work their hardest never hurts. There are several ways to accomplish this — i.e., tie incentives to individual goals or offer the entire team a reward if the end of the year meets overarching company goals. Make sure the incentive is something your team wants — for example, a cash bonus or extra vacation days — so they’re inspired to work extra hard. This can make work a little more fun while helping employees feel like they’ll genuinely be rewarded for pushing themselves extra hard.
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