HR’s Guide To Select The Right Goal Setting Software

by Srikant Chellappa Nov 14,2021

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

We are almost towards the end of 2021, and the past two years have been nothing but difficult for everyone. Thoughts about upcoming holidays and celebrations are definitely exciting, but we also need to prepare for the upcoming year and a fresh quarter. This means, new goals and targets!

Goal setting is important to keep your employees focussed and motivated. With offices still working remotely or in hybrid mode, investing in a goal setting software will help you manage the goal setting cycle of all your employees effectively.

Here are 5 features you shouldn’t miss while selecting a goal setting software for your organization.

Easy Assignment

Assigning goals is one of the most basic functionality to look for in a goal setting software. It should allow managers to assign a goal to their direct reports without directly involving themselves into the goal. This functionality also allows managers to keep track of the progress that their direct reports make.

Assignment makes it easy for managers to assign goals to their direct reports without having to set up a formal meeting to do so.

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Goal alignment is another important feature which you should look for in the software. It not only allows employees to align their goals with business or department goals, but also helps them understand the bigger picture. For example, if an organization’s goal is to increase revenue by $1 million, then aligning goals shows an employee how exactly they are contributing to this specific goal.

Most softwares helps employees see how their progress on individual goals is contributing to organizational/ department goals.

Cascading or Sharing

Goal sharing/ cascading goals means that employees of different or same levels are allowed to share goals and it will be the responsibility of all the users working on it. The ability to cascade goals means sharing goals from one level of the organization to the next. For example, a manager can cascade their goals down to their direct reports.

Cascading goals are an important feature because they help employees align their own goals with the organization’s objectives and see how their own work can support an organization’s broader objectives.

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Ability To Add Objectives And Key Results

OKRs are one of the most popular and effective ways of setting goals and tracking them.

OBJECTIVES are something that you want to achieve, and KEY RESULTS are a measurable way to keep track of how close you are to achieving your objective. OKRs work on all levels, be it corporate, departmental or individual goals. Using OKRs promotes collaboration and helps you drive employee engagement in your organization.

Look for a goal setting software that allows you to set Objectives and Key Results for employees because key results break the goal down into more than one measurable area that allows users to achieve a goal, chunk by chunk, part by part.

Track and Monitor

One of the vital parts of employee goal setting is tracking their progress and actively helping them with their goals. So, choose a software that allows you to track employees’ progress on goals effectively. It should send out notifications to managers or the one who assigns goals when one checks in or comments on the goals.

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The ability to comment on goals allows both managers and employees to have a discussion about the goal and the progress that is being made. Commenting is an easy way to foster communication without having to formalize it.

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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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