Arguably the most important function that human resources departments provide for an organization is formulating goals and then developing appropriate strategies that drive the organization towards achieving those goals. While formulating HR smart objectives is a necessary function of every HR department, the process of setting hr smart goals is not always easy or successful.
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The following are tips that human resources professionals may consider when setting goals that can help to ensure a higher degree of success in achieving those goals.
Make Sure Goals Are Clear and Specific
Vague or very general goals such as “improving productivity” can be discouraging. If production quantities do not improve, the goal is likely to be ignored.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if production quantities improve even the slightest bit, employees may feel that the goal has been accomplished. Either result can cause employees to ignore or forget about the goal and become sidetracked from working toward improvements.
Set Deadlines for Goals
A goal without a deadline will likely go unaccomplished. Employees will more than likely put the goal on their mental backburners for an undefined “later date.” Even employees with the best of intentions can forget about a goal if there’s no defined deadline to achieve it.
Keep Goals Attainable but Challenging
Reaching goals should be a challenge that helps to keep all of the employees in the organization driven. Goals that are very easily attainable will not help to drive employees to the levels of productivity that can be achieved with slightly more challenging goals. Goals that are unattainable show a lack of understanding in the abilities of the organization and may indicate a disconnect between human resources and the rest of the organization.