Engaging the Workforce Through Goals and Progress
The struggle is real! At work we want to be successful and recognized for our efforts and accomplishments, while still having time left over for relaxation and personal fulfillment. But we become so overwhelmed with the demands on our time — making to do lists, answering emails, unproductive meetings, and putting out daily fires — that we often leave tasks incomplete, forcing us to set aside our free time to work longer hours.
How can we fix this?
We must recognize that being goal-oriented is critical to succeeding in the workplace. Not only do goals provide direction and keep us focused on making progress on our priorities as individual employees, they give teams a sense of purpose along with benchmarks for measuring progress and success.
As a manager, it is crucial that you are clear on individual and team goals. This will help to reinforce priorities regularly, encourage progress and keep teams productive and engaged.
Here at Talentcove, we strive to emphasize how important meaningful goals are to successful people and teams, and are always looking for the best content from around the web to share with our readers. I hope these articles teach you something new and useful about goal setting and the importance of making and sharing progress every day.
Every company, whether it produces cars or television shows, should have a clear goal in mind. Individual teams must understand what that goal is, and know their role — both individually and as a group — in accomplishing it. (HowStuffWorks)
All too often, we think our goals are all about the result. We see success as an event that can be achieved and completed. But if you look at the people who are consistently achieving their goals, you start to realize that it’s not the events or the results that make them different. It’s their commitment to the process. They fall in love with the daily practice, not the individual event. (James Clear)
Successful people don’t make excuses for failure or shortcomings. They acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses and seek feedback from trusted advisers. The longer you sit around making excuses, the further you will drift from the possibility of achieving your goals. (Brent Gleeson)
When something is intrinsically reinforcing, that means just the act of doing it is reward enough. If you provide employees with opportunities to work on short term projects, you give them opportunities to pump dopamine into their system. The result? Happier, more confident, more motivated, more “pumped” employees. (Human Nature @Work)
To keep your teams motivated, sit down with them to have a real conversation about short term goals and the importance of incremental progress. Be sure to help them understand that it will allow them to have greater impact and will get the entire team involved in encouraging and supporting their successes. (Talentcove)
There you have it!
Setting goals is the path to success at work because goals keep us focused on priorities and what matters most. Do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes of reflection everyday to jot down and share progress on your goals. It will help you work smarter, stay on track and gain support and recognition for your impact.
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- Lolly Fitzpatrick
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