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4 Questions About Goal Setting in the Workplace

Published: May 23, 2019

At Envano, we know the motivational power of goals. We’re always encouraging our partners to set strong goals, monitor them appropriately and align any actions with these goals to achieve success. You could say we’re a pretty goal-driven team. And, we apply that to more than just our partners’ campaigns.

Let’s face it, if you aren’t actively trying to move your career forward, you’re wasting time standing in place. Often times a career path without defined goals makes you feel like you are frozen in time. Goal setting on a personal level can do wonders for moving your career forward because it gives you something to strive toward and work to achieve. At Envano, we embrace goal setting to not only achieve more for our partners, but also to better ourselves professionally.

What makes a strong goal?

One of the most common practices for effective goal setting is the concept of SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, assignable, relevant and timely. Making sure your goals have these attributes helps to ensure that they are attainable and will bring value to you and/or the company you work for. However, outside of just checking off these elements, it’s important that your goal setting is geared in the direction you’re looking to go. Setting goals just for the sake of having them or setting goals that don’t actively propel you to where you want to be won’t have the same motivational effect.

How do you get started with goal setting?

If you’re unfamiliar with goal setting, getting started might seem overwhelming. But, you’re not alone. If you’re looking for goal inspiration, pull in a mentor or peer for help. For example, at Envano, we have regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings that allow for these discussions. If you find yourself getting caught up in the big picture, break it down to a more granular level. Baby steps are perfectly acceptable, as long as you’re moving in the right direction.

If you’re still struggling, remember that there are many different types of goals. You can create goals around time management, interpersonal relationships, knowledge growth, emotional intelligence, listening skills, and the list goes on. It’s all about finding the areas you need to grow in to better yourself and your career. It can also be helpful to consider your company’s goals and then determine what you can do to impact those, as employee involvement in company goals is very important.

How do you monitor and measure goals?

In order to maximize the likelihood of success, goals should have regular checkpoints to determine if the goal is on pace to be met. The timing of these checkpoints depends on the type of goal and the length of time you have to achieve it. For example, a goal around improving your own time management skills may be checked in on daily to ensure you are making improvements. But, a yearly sales goal may only require monthly or even quarterly check-ins. The value of these checkpoints is that it provides you the opportunity to course-correct anything that may not be working. By knowing where you stand before the deadline for your goal, you can make adjustments as you work to achieve it.

What do you do if you’re struggling to achieve a goal?

First, don’t panic. Start by examining the goal. You may realize that the goal is not reasonable or attainable in its current state. If this is the case, make adjustments. Or, maybe the goal is still attainable, you just need a different approach. Anticipate where you will be at your deadline, and determine what you can do to make up the difference in a timely manner. Don’t see this as a failure, but rather an opportunity to make positive changes. At Envano, we embrace these challenges as a chance to grow and improve.

Want to learn more about how our team embraces goal setting? Let’s chat!

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