Many bosses make the unfortunate mistake of setting goals that are too high for their staff. These unattainable goals often cause team members to lose confidence and motivation as a result. In order to maintain higher levels of productivity, it is best to use certain strategies when developing goals such as the SMART goal system. This acronym stands for: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. Since the core of this strategy is attainability, workers will automatically feel motivated and productivity will rise.
- Have a clearly defined goal you can track, that is reasonable and within a specific time-frame.
- Consider past performance, potential growth, and be realistic in setting your goals.
- Listen to your teammates, learn about everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, and customize your plan for yourself and those helping you achieve it.
“When team members reach a goal into which they have all poured significant time and effort, they feel inspired and motivated to take on even more new challenges.”