How to Set Goals in the Workplace

Setting goals in the workplace can be an effective way to maintain a steady workflow, and to let your employees know what's expected of them. It's important to set reasonable goals, and your company should provide as many opportunities as possible for employees to achieve them. By creating a solid set of goals and interacting with your employees, you can help ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of your business, and keep your company moving forward.

Write a list of duties for each employee in your organization. Summarize each of the duties and the associated goals you'd like your employees to meet. These goals might include meeting a specified sales quota, or additional training and certification you'd like your employees to achieve.

Establish a timeline for each of the goals you set. The timeline should be fair and reasonably attainable. If your company will provide tools and training to help your employees achieve the goals you set, outline those tools and training options, so your employees will have no trouble taking advantage of them.

Meet with employees on an individual basis to discuss the goals you've set. Give each employee the opportunity to ask questions. Ask your employees to share their thoughts about the goals you've set. Be prepared to consider your employees' suggestions seriously. If your employees feel the new goals are unreasonable, work with each employee to redefine the goals you've set. Continue working until you come to a mutual agreement and the concerns of both parties have been met.


  • It may be helpful to use a calendar-type grid that includes the goals and time frame you've set. Pass this out to your employees as an aid to keep them on track. Include main job objectives on the calendar grid to help employees see the goals you've set.