7 Steps To Setting Workplace Goals And Making Them Happen!

by Srikant Chellappa Jan 4,2022

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Often businesses have the time, resources, and money to be successful. Nevertheless, they fail miserably. Have you ever wondered the reason why? It is because they fail to understand the importance of workplace goals and effective goal setting in the workplace. Having clear goals provides motivation, clarity, purpose to employees, besides improving focus and engagement.

Setting effective workplace goals is the first step towards achieving success. The next step is to develop a plan to fulfill these goals. But the question is how to set effective workplace goals that motivate you to achieve them.

Here’s a list of steps to follow for effective goal setting in the workplace.

Understand And Identify Your Objectives

How can you set your workplace goals without knowing what you want to achieve through it? Look at the bigger picture and understand where you play the part. Identify and understand your goals and objectives and how they align with the business goals.

Once you visualize your workplace goals and know how to reach there, it will be easier to achieve them.

Also Read: How To Introduce OKRs To Your Team In 4 Simple Steps?

List Tasks Based On Priority

Once you know your objectives, it is crucial to classify them based on their priority. Every task has a different priority based on its deadline and importance. List down all the tasks and prioritize them under low, medium, and high. In this way, you will be able to focus on tasks that need your attention first. It is one of the most important steps in setting and achieving workplace goals.

Design A Strategy Or An Action Plan

If you want a task to be accomplished, the most basic thing that you can do is form a simple flow-chart in your mind just to be clear. In the same way, it is important to have an action plan or strategy for goal setting in the workplace.

Create a proper action plan, considering all the challenges that you might face to reach your goal. This gives you an understanding of how you need to manage your time and resources to fulfill your goals.

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Ask For Support/ Feedback

It is always good to have more than just one opinion on the action plan that you create. Ask your boss to validate your strategy and give suggestions on goal-setting. Every time you progress on your workplace goals, ask them for feedback.

Frequent feedback from your manager will help you stay on the right track and guide you when you go wrong. Also, it will help you get new ideas, plans, and directions to achieve your goals.

Self-Discipline Is Important

You can set amazingly effective goals for yourself, but it won’t bring about any change unless you stick to the plan or strategy and give your best to fulfill these goals. This can happen only if you are committed to your goals and constantly reinvent your action plan to achieve your goals.

Believe that all your goals are very important to you and that you can achieve it!

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Learn Effective Time Management

“Focus on signal over noise. Don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t actually make thing better.” – Elon Musk, CEO Tesla.

One of the primary reasons most people fail at achieving their workplace goals is that they fail to manage their time. Time management is a skill that can be mastered with practice. Create a schedule for your tasks and stick to it.

Take out time for your high-priority tasks; managing time and tasks helps you stay focused and give your best to achieve your goals.

Track Your Progress

Goal setting in the workplace is not a one-time activity. It is important to review its progress periodically. Reviewing and tracking goals help understand progress and what needs to be achieved.

Setting workplace goals at the beginning of the year and reviewing them at the year-end will make your goals non-relevant and difficult to track. Moreover, during performance reviews, it is tedious to recall the progress made on your goals.

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Srikant Chellappa
CEO & Co-Founder of Engagedly

Srikant Chellappa is the Co-Founder and CEO at Engagedly and is a passionate entrepreneur and people leader. He is an author, producer/director of 6 feature films, a music album with his band Manchester Underground, and is the host of The People Strategy Leaders Podcast. He is currently working on his next book, Ikigai at the Workplace, which is slated for release in the fall of 2024.

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