How to Set Goals & Objectives for Employees

by Jesse Lanclos; Updated September 26, 2017

To manage your workforce effectively, each member of your team must know what you expect of them and feel motivated by the challenges of their job. As a manager, your success depends on effectively coaching your team through developing targets for performance and skill development. Effective goals and objectives provide the fuel to drive the success of your business and its employees.

Step 1

Consider the business's vision and mission. Determine what each employee has to offer that specifically contributes to that vision. Use the skills of your team to create goals that take advantage of each employee's strengths to move the business toward accomplishing its vision.

Step 2

List the specific tasks each employee must accomplish to be successful. Specific goals steer your employee's effort toward the things that matter most to your organization. Specific goals lead to more effective time management and use of resources. List the specific results you expect each employee to achieve.

Step 3

Construct each goal with a way of gaining feedback on a regular basis. When you read the goal, both of you should clearly understand how you will know if he is on track to meet the goals you have set.

Step 4

Set deadlines for each objective. Time limits provide structure and clarity for your employees. Deadlines beat procrastination and cause your team to use its time productively.

Step 5

Review your goals and objectives frequently with each team member. Remain open to your employees' questions and concerns. They may lack resources that you can provide or knowledge that they can obtain through training. Work as a team to answer questions, provide what they need and push them to produce at a high level through regular meetings to discuss progress.

About the Author

Since 2009 Jesse Lanclos has been a proud contributor to various websites. Lanclos specializes in a variety of subjects including business, personal finance, technology, health and fitness. He holds a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Louisiana.