Setting and accomplishing goals doesn’t guarantee success, but not having and achieving them will result in long-term failure. Most companies have financial goals, a way to survive. But they don’t know where they are going, and any road will eventually get them there. They don’t have real goals aside from staying in business, and for those that have, the goals are not spread throughout the company.
Due to stricter competition, new technologies, and increased opportunities, some companies now see why they have to set and invest their resources and energies in more explicit goals from top to bottom. The truth is setting goals leads to greater market share, higher profits, new products, and services, including engaged employees.
There are other several goal-setting benefits which I will be sharing in this post.
To Focus on Goals
Goal setting is all about the organizational priorities. Employees know what to focus on and prioritize tasks that will make the company goals possible. It helps in weighing how their work will impact those goals. Goal setting also makes the management focused as they decide on significant projects and divide tasks among employees.
When companies set SMART goals, it sets the course of the company. But without it, the management will have a hard time explaining the roles of employees to them.
To Motivate Employees
Most employees do all they can to be successful, but when there’s a standard for success through goal setting, they are motivated to do more than they can. As personal goals motivate towards excellence, so also does company goals motivates employees and teams to excellence.
Goal setting gives a sense of purpose. It makes employees go the extra mile on their daily tasks. If the company goal is to increase sales by 25%, employees go all the way to ensure that they get at least a 20% increase.
Managers should also take time to guide and motivate employees through their goals. To further increase the motivation, companies can attach to each target, a reward or recognition.
To work as a team
Many company goals will not be achieved until everyone in the company work together to reach the goal. The goals clarify how the teams can contribute to the company goals. There’s cooperation when employees know that specific goals cannot be achieved without the input of everyone within the group. Also, when individual roles are aligned with others, there’s an increase in productivity, efficiency and it encourages communication within the team.
To Measure Goal Progress
Setting SMART goals makes it measurable and will enable employees to track their progress and the impact of their efforts on the company’s goals. It also a way for the company to measure success, and also measure and correct failure.
The moment the company is getting off track along the way, the goals will help in readjusting and getting back on track.
To make decisions
With goal setting, you know if an activity gets you closer to what you have to achieve, reduce repetition of unnecessary work, avoid nonrelated activities and make concise decisions. Decisions that get you closer to your goal.