4. Use your calendar—and set deadlines. Setting firm but realistic timeframes for achieving goals will increase productivity. For ongoing or long-term goals, you should regularly monitor progress and offer feedback to keep your employees motivated and focused on your desired outcomes.
5. As you set goals, remember to prioritize. When goals are numerous or complex, it can be easy for employees to lose a sense of priority and simply jump from task to task. As the manager, it’s up to you to rank and prioritize goals so your employees understand the relative importance of each one.
6. Evaluating goals is also important. Since goals are designed to support both the company AND the employee’s personal development, you should evaluate and update goals based on changing business needs and the employee’s progress.
7. Finally, coordinate your employees’ goals so that they complement one another. Break apart more complicated goals into manageable pieces, and delegate them to each employee working as part of a team.
Be sure that any goal setting processes and measurements of performance treat all employees equitably and are in compliance with federal and state nondiscrimination laws.