New Year is here, and this is the perfect time to plan well for this year. Mostly, we have an idea of what the company wants to achieve in this year. Also, we kind of have an understanding of what is expected from us as well. All we have to do is, make a proper plan to achieve our goals, and if we are leading a team, then we should be planning for the team as a whole.
By setting goals, you are able to convey your expectations to the team. Goals encourage the employees to perform better as they feel more engaged. Goals are basically the team’s roadmap for a New Year. As a leader, it is your responsibility to help each member of your team understand his or her role better, and setting goals allow you to do that.
Here’re a few things to keep in mind while setting goals for your team:
- Make sure the goals are personalized
One of the most important qualities that define a good leader is that a good leader knows each member of a team well. As a leader, it is important to spend time with every member of the team. You can also choose to indulge in a one-on-one conversation with all the teammates separately before setting their goals. This will really help you to understand your team better, and thus, will help you to assign goals which are more realistic and achievable.
- Goals should also lead to personal development
If a company is paying you the salary, then your motive should definitely be to work for the betterment of the company. However, while we are working, we also gain a certain amount of personal and professional experience that helps us with our corporate journey (sometimes, even in our personal journey as well). Your team sees you as a mentor. So, while setting goals, make sure you also include some points which will help your team members to learn and grow. Even if any of your team members handle the most mechanical type of work, still, it is important to add something in his or her KRAs that leads to both professional and personal development of the individual. With this, you are not only helping an employee grow, but also motivating him or her to perform better.
- Try and attach a reward to goals
The process of achieving goals becomes all the more exciting if there is some reward attached to it. For example, let’s assume you manage a team of writers and the goal that you’ve set for them is to complete 10 blogs a month. Now, how about declaring that whosoever is the first one to complete 10 blogs will get a book as a reward? Won’t that make the whole process a lot more fun? This is just one example, even a personalized email of recognition, a shout out of any kind etc. can be very uplifting.
Goal setting is a superb practice to follow. It not only gives a direction but also encourages the team to perform well. Also, while setting the goals, you can even recommend a plan of actions. Although it would be highly encouraging to let the employee make his or her own plan of action, some recommendation will surely help.