The New Year is a time to ring in new opportunities and new resolutions. Millions of employees will come back to the office with ideas of how they can improve their productivity, performance, and personal lives. However, they should not be alone in achieving their work goals and personal goals. As the saying goes, “it takes a village.” Managers and coworkers are the perfect motivators to turn the office into a place of encouragement and celebration. In January we will set off on a three part journey on how to encourage your employees to be their best in and out of the workplace, how to set goals, and how to help your employees stay on track.
First thing’s first, you have to prepare yourself, and the office, for transformation in the New Year as well as set aside a “Make it Happen” Fund. As an executive, you have the power to empower your employees to be the best they can be. Therefore, before you ask your employees to set their goals, it is important to take these steps to maintain their motivation throughout the year.
1) Make it Relevant
Set your own goals for the team before you ask them to define their goals. As a leader and executive, your vision guides the goals and tasks for the rest of your team. If you don’t have a clear vision of where you see the company going, your employees will find it difficult to create goals that are relevant to the direction of the company. Setting congruent goals is the fastest method to achieving success in the New Year. Therefore, as the director of marketing, call a meeting of the entire marketing department to express your goals of creating a product line that will create rapid in an emerging multi-cultural market rather than increasing efforts in the general market. By defining this goal, your employees are able to make goals based around marketing campaigns toward that particular consumer group instead of what they may have previously had in mind.
2) Make it Personal
Many managers like to promote the idea that “work life and personal life should remain separate.” However, this ideology does not prove effective. Your employees are people, and their personal life is just as important as their work life. Therefore, make it a point to encourage their personal goals just as much as their work goals. Encourage your employees to challenge themselves. Schedule a meeting once a month to check in on their work goals, but do not forget to also grab coffee with them once a quarter to ask about their personal goals too. Many employees may be training for a marathon, getting married, or saving up for a dream vacation. Take the time to discuss those goals with them, and recognize that to your employees their personal goals may be more important than what is going on at work.
3) Make it Visible
This may be the most important step of them all. Make your employees goals visible somewhere in the office. Schedule a two hour meeting where your team can make a dream board with both their personal goals and work goals. Afterward hang it in the office to remind your employees of their goals. After all, twelve months is a long time to be working on a goal and you do not want your employees to forget about their goal by March. By making your employees goals visible and known, you are turning coworkers and managers into accountability partners and encouragers.
4) Make it Manageable
In the same meeting encourage your employees to make a month by month plan of milestones they plan to accomplish by a certain date. This will let your employees have mini-goals that are more manageable than the big goal itself. The digital marketing team may want to increase impressions by 15% by the end of the year. Therefore, they should set their mini-goals to increase impressions by 1.25% a month, or about 4% a quarter. The same goes for personal goals. If Shannon wants to move into a bigger apartment by October, she should set her budget by February, pack by June, and buy by September to move in October.
5) Make it Happen
Reward your employees for reaching their work goals and personal goals by helping make the final goal happen. How you make it happen depends on you, but every goal has a milestone that you can help with. One way is to set aside a “Make it Happen Fund” for your team’s goals. If John is training to complete an Iron Man, pay for the registration fee. If Taylor finally booked her dream vacation give her a few extra days off to enjoy it. If Jamie reached her sales goal, pop some office Champagne to celebrate. Every goal reached is deserving of celebration and encouragement. Celebrating goals will encourage your employees to set even greater goals, boost office morale, and increase productivity throughout the year.
From everyone at DCAProsearch, cheers to a prosperous 2019 and we cannot wait to celebrate you achieving your goals throughout the New Year. We are always available to help you achieve your multicultural talent and recruiting goals whenever the need may arise. To request a search, or let us know what kind of talent you are searching for in the New Year, contact us so we can help you achieve your 2019 talent needs.