Many managers struggle to identify high-priority performance goals that prompt positive employee action, and fail to create a development plan that includes employee input and buy-in. As a result, employees often fail to follow through on implementing the feedback provided during a conversation about performance, and assignments completed by employees sometimes fall short of expectations.
A New Approach
Collaborative goal setting is an investment that pays off by helping the manager and employee come to agreement on high-priority objectives. Through the development of SMART Goals, managers can transform good employees into great employees, and improve the performance of underperformers. SMART Goals also convert organizational, departmental and functional objectives into personal employee goals.
What is a SMART Goal?
A SMART Goal is a statement that describes a specific objective the employee undertakes to fulfill within a specified time period. It is (S)specific, (M)easurable, (A)ttainable and (R)esults-oriented/relevant and (T)ime bound. SMART Goals provide detailed steps required to accomplish the goal, the timeline for completion and any new skills for development in order to achieve absolute clarity and agreement between the manager and employee as to what will be done by when.
- Write up to three straightforward, real-time goals using the SMART elements.
- Learn when to break down larger objectives into smaller, “bite-sized” parts to enable milestones to be met along the way.
- Learn to prioritize goals to allow employees to know which are the most important to the department and organization.
- Learn how to collaboratively involve the employee in the goal-setting process, establishing when and who will be responsible for intermittent check-ins on goal status.
- Conclude formal or as-needed performance discussions utilizing a three-question approach to check in with employees on goal status
Tools Participants Will Take Away
- Templates, tools and job aids, which can be customized for your organization based on your existing performance management philosophy, process and supporting forms.
- Materials will be provided in the form of participant workbooks with reproducible tools in soft copy.
Who should attend?
Managers, supervisors and team leaders responsible for providing employees with goals and objectives.
Contact Employee Performance Solutions for more information or to schedule a SMART goals workshop for your organization.
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