If people who work together don’t share a vision, they won’t work together for long. Here’s how to keep everyone on the same page.
Drive Consistency and Accountability
HR can play a powerful role in the goal-setting process by establishing standards that ensure department heads across the company translate goals in the same way. This will provide consistency in terms of each employee ending up with a similar number of goals that are appropriate based on his/her level of responsibility. Continuing to engage with managers over the course of the process to ensure they are helping employees create SMART goals and holding them to deadlines will also drive a culture of accountability around goal-setting. It will guarantee that each objective is meaningful, not just words.
Be Relentless with Your Vision
Without a unified vision and direction, staff will never move in the same direction. The company needs to be explicitly clear on defining who it is as a company, its reason for existing, and make sure its goals and visions are communicated often and clearly. If staff members do not understand the company’s role within the market, they will create their own differing versions and definitions. The strategy must be simple, clear and easy to articulate on how the company will reach its goals.
Let Employees Set Their Own
Within the framework of the company, it’s important to allow employees to determine their own personal objectives. These goals should not simply be increasing the number of hours worked, but challenging and rewarding personal endeavors that benefit both the business and the staff.
Develop a One-Page Strategic Plan
This defines your mission, vision and values. Your mission and vision then inform your top company priorities. The purpose of creating a one-page strategy is to enforce clarity. A one-page strategy keeps your company focused because it is easier for teams to connect with. The succinct yet focused strategy is also simpler for managers to communicate to their direct reports.
Clearly Define Priorities
More importantly, written, shared goals are more likely to be achieved than those that aren’t shared or made visible to the company. 70% of written, shared goals are accomplished through focusing on key results allowing the entire company to see the most important corporate priorities so everyone focuses on what really matters.
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