Setting goals at work for both ourselves and our team can make life so much easier, productive and less stressful in the long run. Goals are an integral part of planning and achieving the business or teams targets, and can often motivate us and our teams during the process.
For those of us who don’t use goals to help complete tasks and deliver projects, it’s important to understand the wider positive impact that setting goals at work can achieve.
the benefits of setting goals at work
“People with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals.”
setting workplace goals provides clarity
Whether we’re setting ourselves workplace goals or being given goals to achieve by our leaders, we’re providing a clearer picture of what we/our company are looking to achieve. A clearer picture gives us direction and an idea of how we need to get to where we need to be to achieve our goals. From this, we can create a plan of action (if you’re not doing so, please read point two of our top tips below), to help visualise the path to achieving our workplace goals.
without goals, we cannot plan
Planning is one of the most imperative tools for creating both business and career success. Simply put, without a bigger picture, without goals, we cannot plan how we’re going to get there. Planning has multiple benefits; not only can you clearly see how you’re going to achieve your goals, you relieve stress, feel more productive and more energetic. As a result of this positive engagement, you’re increasing your positive psychology – something that has amazing effects within the workplace.
limit your stress by setting workplace goals
We’ve touched on this briefly already, but it’s important to reiterate – setting goals at work relieves stress. Often when dealing with big projects and multiple tasks, we can go off track and flick from one task to another. This often leads to an unproductive team and colleague, making the workplace a more stressful one. By setting ourselves and peers clear, maintainable and realistic goals, we can remain clear of the path to success and prioritise our workload and tasks accordingly.
working together to achieve workplace goals
Another positive outcome of setting business goals can often be the increase in teamwork. By including the correct stakeholders into a project meeting to discuss the goals and aims, we can identify who is responsible for what, create ownership amongst our team, and bring employees together to help achieve the bigger picture.
achieve the goal… quicker
By setting goals at work, we see the path we need to take to achieve our goal and create the plan to get there. This is extremely productive and enables us to reach our goals much quicker, than those who are still not writing them down or writing plans to achieve them. Often, without defining workplace goals, we can become stale in our careers and not see the light at the end of the tunnel.
our top tips to help you set goals at work
You can set up workplace goals for anything in work, from simple daily objectives to setting the goals of a bigger project and business aim. Here are our top tips to help you define clear and measurable workplace goals:
Why do you need to set this goal? What do you believe in and how is this goal relative to your beliefs? How can the aforementioned questions help you to achieve the goal? By being clear about the reasoning behind your goal, you can clearly articulate it where necessary. This will also help you work out what you need to do to achieve your workplace goal and if there are any resources you need to help you succeed.
write down your goal(s) and check them!
Seems obvious, doesn’t it? Writing down our goals can be easy, but many of us don’t even go that far. Thinking about a goal doesn’t make it a goal – you’ll forget it about it over time and will never achieve it.
“40% of us who write down our goals do not check them so see if we’ve achieved our goals.”
Make sure when setting your goals at work, you’re placing the written goal(s) around your desk/office or workspace where possible so that every day you are reminded of what you’re trying to achieve and can work towards achieving it. We wouldn’t want you to be part of the 40% who never found out if they succeeded in achieving their goal.
If they’re personal, keep your lips sealed
This might sound odd, but tests prove that when we communicate our goals to others around us, we automatically feel like we’re closer to completing the goal and take our foot off the gas. As a result, we lose motivation to complete the goal and more often than not never achieve it.
So Instead, write them down and give yourself a milestone/timeline to achieve your goals and a milestone where you are allowed to tell those around you about them. This way, we’re working towards achieving the goal and can only let others know when we hit the milestones.
“Plan for a plan that doesn’t go according to plan.”
Sounds confusing, but let’s put this into context; life rarely goes accordingly to plan, but as long as we stay on track, embrace change and adapt where necessary, we can stay aligned with the track, whilst achieving our goal in a more insightful way.
celebrate your successes
Often we can forget about our goals, especially the longer-term ones. So when you’re setting up milestones or ‘checkpoints’, make sure you take the time to celebrate them. It might be a simple cheer, but acknowledging where you are will work to ensure you stay on-the-ball and are happy during your path to achievement.
As we mentioned earlier, try not to involve anyone and ensure you don’t celebrate for too long, you wouldn’t want to think you’ve ‘done it’ and take your foot off the gas!
To summarise, when setting goals at work we must write down our goals, plan ways to achieve them and be adaptable at the very least. If we can achieve the other mentioned tips then that can be seen as a bonus. By writing down and planning our workplace goals, we have the foundations to achieve them and are more likely than most to do so.