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Each new year brings inspiration and motivation to change. Resolutions for personal and professional goals are many, and the new year can bring opportunities to adjust programs and organizational initiatives.
This could be the year your organization transforms employee engagement. Let’s take a look at SMART goals and how they can help you make changes in your team, department, or the greater organization.
Consider a common resolution as an example: I am going to exercise this year.
What is it going to take for this goal-setter to feel accomplished? If this were your resolution, would you feel you achieved this goal if you exercised once per month for the year? Probably not, although you would have technically achieved it after one single workout for the year.
Consider this alternate resolution in comparison: I am going to exercise three times per week in a group fitness class after work for the entire year.
There’s little question what it would take for this goal-setter to feel accomplished at the end of the year. In your opinion, which resolution is more likely to achieve its life-changing bigger-picture goal of better health?
Setting goals within our teams, departments, or organizations works in a similar way. If your goal is to “improve employee engagement” this year, how will you know if you achieve it? Particularly in setting team goals that rely on the involvement of others, setting SMART goals is key.
SMART goals are:
This is your year to address disengagement in your organization. Setting SMART goals can ensure you will accomplish the big picture — and can be great practice for setting and achieving personal goals as well. Will 2018 be the year you get engagement right?
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