The new year has arrived and you want your team to realize serious accomplishments in 2021. By now, your employees have adjusted to the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic and they’re ready to make big things happen — you’re just not sure exactly what that looks like.
Chances are, you have several goals in mind but haven’t yet set them in stone. It’s important to include your team in the planning process because this affects them too. You also need a plan in place to help bring objectives to fruition. Here’s a guide to help you get started.
5 Tips to Set Team Goals That Stick
Align Personal and Team Objectives
It’s hard to motivate people to do something that doesn’t interest them. Meet with employees individually to learn more about their professional goals for the year. Knowing where they stand will help you create objectives that allow both the company and employees to move forward. This way, when people work hard to meet their goals the company also wins.
Hold Each Person Accountable
Your team is only as strong as its weakest link. Having even one person who doesn’t take their role seriously can hold everyone back. Therefore, it’s important to hold everyone accountable for the work on their plate. Accomplish this by meeting regularly to discuss each person’s progress on team projects that align with overarching goals.
Track Your Progress
Starting a new year with a fresh set of goals is exciting. However, the enthusiasm often fades after a few weeks or months so it’s important to keep the momentum going. Sharing regular status updates to show employees how far they’ve come can help keep their enthusiasm alive. Watching the team move closer and closer to achieving its ultimate goals is fun and inspiring.
Focus on the Big Picture
Each employee plays an important part in the team’s success but it can be hard for people to understand their impact. Help them realize the importance of the work they do by focusing on the big picture. Having a strong understanding of how their role ties into larger organizational priorities can help people stay motivated on days they feel like their work doesn’t really matter.
Even the best employees can use an extra push sometimes. If they feel like there’s nothing in it for them it can be hard for people to get the motivation needed to help the company reach particularly challenging goals. Avoid this by offering an incentive to every employee if the company meets certain thresholds. Knowing there’s a defined reward waiting for them will give them the motivation needed to sprint through the finish line.
Your company has big plans for the new year so you need to hire top talent to achieve those goals. Wood Staffing is here to help you find the right fit for every open position on your team, so contact us today to start your search!