You may have heard the acronym before, but it is well worth mentioning again, S.M.A.R.T. goals. Setting goals the SMART way will help make your goals easier to obtain and help your staff get on the same page for the year ahead. Here is the breakdown of the SMART goal system.
S – Specific – Your goals should be able to answer the 5 “W” questions; who, what, where, why, which
M – Measurable – If your goal is not measurable, how will you know if you staff is making progress? Set target dates and create spreadsheets. This will keep the motivation high when your staff can see their success in progress.
A – Attainable – Be realistic. It is nice to set the bar high, but too high only sets your staff up for failure. This part should answer the “How do we get there” question.
R – Relevant – Make sure to choose the goals that are relevant. Are these goals worth your staff and company time?
T – Timely – Give your goals a time frame, 6 months, 6 weeks or the entire year, make it clear what your target date is and stick to it.
Remember to evaluate your goals often and make sure you are on target for completion. Check out our article at: SMART