Having goals as an organisation is essential if you want your business to achieve success. But it’s in aligning employee goals with those of the organisation that you will truly shift the benchmark and raise your business to new heights. Having everyone involved in the same vision and mission means that you have more drive behind your goals.
Giving each employee a role in the business is one thing, but giving them purpose takes them beyond the daily grind and into a space where they want to excel. If an employee feels that he or she is contributing to the success of a project or outcome, it makes it easier for them to take a personal interest.
Once business goals have been set, it’s important to map out how each and every person can contribute to these goals. So how do you do it? Here are a few pointers.
If each employee is told personally where their responsibilities lie, they know first-hand what is expected of them. They can ask the relevant questions, get all the background information they need and get on with their part in working towards the company goals. Having a general email sent out to let employees to let them know what is expected of them opens up the opportunity for misinterpretation, miscommunication and uncertainty.
Each employee needs to be afforded the time and effort to be briefed properly on what they need to do. They need to be given all the resources required, and they need to have these handed over to them in a way that they are comfortable with. Once it’s certain they have a handle on the role they need to undertake, they can align themselves accordingly.
Daily Or Weekly Goal Setting
Each day should have a set of micro-goals that contribute to the over-arching major goals of the business. Each employee should have their list of achievable actions, so that they can get on with them in their own time. By having smaller micro-goals to work towards on a daily or weekly basis, employees are constantly feeling a sense of achievement for having completed a portion of their work successfully.
Sit-down meetings can often drag on longer than they should because everyone is comfortable and taking a breather. When all employees are aware of their roles and responsibilities, as well as their daily goals, a quick stand-up catch-up can ascertain where everyone is and whether they’re aligned or not. If not, then further meetings can be scheduled, and a new list of actionable goals can be set. But if they are… there’s no sense in wasting more time by discussing it in a meeting. It’s more pro-active to let everyone get on with business.
Recognition Where It’s Due
Too often businesses are quick to play the blame game when something goes wrong, but not as quick to offer recognition when things go right. If employees excel in their personal goals and offering to the business, they should be recognised and rewarded. It’s through consistent positive reinforcement that a business will help employees grow and succeed. And in doing so, they help the business do the same.