5 Examples of Setting Goals at Work
Everyone knows that setting goals is important — particularly at work when you are looking to keep your productivity level high. However, it is important when you’re setting goals at work that you ensure that it isn’t restricted to a weekly, monthly or quarterly to-do list — you need to be setting goals at work that revolve around your development in the workplace.
Goals at work should always be tailored to your own aspirations and philosophies helping you drive towards your ultimate end-game.
Setting goals at work allows you to take steps toward improving your skills and traits that are relevant and specific to you role with the ultimate aim of creating a better you. It is important that setting goals at work is supported at a business level as although you need to take control of your own development buy-in from your employer will help give you the time that you need to achieve them and will also help to make you accountable to someone other than yourself.
Below are 5 examples to give you a flavour of some of the types of goals you should be looking to set when setting goals at work.
1. Improve leadership skills by getting to know more about your team
Improving your leadship skills is always essential — particularly when it comes to your EQ. It will have an impact on so many other elements of your work. By setting goals at work and getting to know your team better you will find out what makes your team tick; what motiviates them, their personality traits and tasks that they enjoy to do.
2. Improve ability to manage your team remotely, by establishing set communication guidelines
If you can establish clear channels of communiation and have good guidelines in place there is nothing stopping you from working remotely with everything continuing to run efficiently. You do need to ensure that you already have instilled a culture of open feedback for this to be a real sucess.
3. Seek ‘360’ feedback before the end of the quarter
Gathering all of your stakeholders views and perspectives on you is a great way to see how your behaviours and practices impact all of those around you — up and down the chain of command. This is particularly the case when you are in a busy period at work; if you don’t take the time to get some feedback you are missing out on some key insights.
4. Learn that new software or system that is being implemented in your business next year
Familiarising yourself with new technology before it is introduced into the workplace means you’ll not only be confident using it, team members will also be more likely to engage with it if they see you’ve taken the time to do the same. You will then know the tool inside out, plus you’ll be known as the guru!
5. Complete a leadership course before the end of the quarter
All of the above can be underpinned by completing a formal course on leadership. Often signing up for a course and following a training plan is a great way to formally gain skills and knowledge whilst gaining the experience during your day job.
Now it is over to you; it’s time for you to get to setting your goals at work. You need to write them down — so that you can hold yourself to accountability, and make them visible — allowing your business, colleagues, friends, family to hold you accountable.
It is not so important as to what the goals actually are but if you incorporate goals that involve working on yourself personally, getting to know you team better and helping to improve communications you cannot fail when setting goals at work.