"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Thomas A. Edison
Employees are expected to establish goals and objectives for the upcoming year with their supervisor. These goals may be carried forward from the previous year if still applicable, or they may be new as appropriate. Goal setting should be a participatory process and result in observable, measurable and attainable objectives for the upcoming year. In part A below, the employee and supervisor should review and comment on the achievement of last year's goals. In part B, the employee and supervisor should establish objectives for the upcoming year. Part C should specifically address training and development.
SMART is a common acronym used to evaluate goals. Although the origin of the term is unknown, the SMART goal setting process is often used by experts to describe the essential ingredients of "good" goal setting. A well-rounded goal statement will be:
- S - specific, significant
- M - measurable, meaningful
- A - attainable, agreed upon
- R - realistic, relevant, results-oriented
- T - time-framed, tangible, trackable
Framework for SMART job goals, which are related to the College's mission:
- Evaluate and streamline <Insert Process Here> process to increase departmental efficiency.
- Reduce expenses by <Insert Number Here> % by evaluating current providers and reviewing potential new resources.
- Make recommendations, create project plan and execute activity to introduce technology to the procedure which is currently being done manually.
- Evaluate and make recommendations to improve <Insert Activity Here> activity to maximize effectiveness of department.
Framework for SMART training and development goals:
- To increase project planning skills, partner with manager and serve as primary contact on <Insert Initiative Here> initiative.
- Secure training and resources to help you excel as a first time supervisor.
- Improve follow-through and communication with staff, implement periodic team meetings and provide updates to manager following those meetings.
- Identify a "buddy" to give feedback regarding your communication style. After meetings and other personal interactions, solicit their thoughts on how you conducted yourself and take appropriate action to improve.
Part A: Narrative Describing Achievement of Goals from Last Year
This section should include a narrative describing the achievement of goals from last year.
In this section, the supervisor should establish a minimum of three (3) goals that relate to the mission of the college for the upcoming year.
This section should specifically address training and development goals.
Setting SMART Goals Video from Bnet.com
Ed Muzio, President & CEO of Group Harmonics, says that by setting SMART goals—specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based—you can avoid a lot of frustration. Managers who follow these steps increase the chances of an employee completing a task successfully and decrease the amount of time it takes to meet their goals. Video linked from www.Bnet.com.