Developing Objectives or Goals

Objectives/Goals establish the direction for the future and help to identify expected results. To be effective, they must align with the team, departmental, and organizational objectives. As part of the performance appraisal, objectives provide a basis for future performance, including standards of behavior, as business plans and conditions change.

Well-written objectives/Goals:  Use action verbs, clearly stating what will be done and the expected results.  Have results that are quantifiable, observable, or verifiable.  Include activities and results that are within the employee’s control.  Assure that targets are realistic yet challenging & it supports business goals.  Involve assignments that contribute to job responsibilities or address a developmental need.  Use timelines or milestones by which to assess progress.

Well-written objectives are SMART!

S—Specific

M—Measurable

A—Attainable

R—Relevant

T—Trackable

How to set Goals?