As a manager it’s your responsibility to structure things carefully by implementing SMART objectives – but what exactly are these and how can you set them? Well, here’s some background information on objectives and key results to get you started. If you’re happy you understand that, here’s how to make sure those objectives are SMART… 

What Are SMART Objectives?

SMART is an acronym which helps to identify if an objective is worth setting or not. So, before you use up precious resources and business time, ask yourself if the objective in question is:

Specific – does the objective make sense? Has it been stripped back enough? Will it make sense when explained to employees? Are instructions wishy-washy or direct?

Measurable – how will you know when you’ve achieved the objective? How will you keep track of and measure your success?

Attainable – is the objective attainable? If not, how can you make it attainable to boost morale and help keep staff focused?

Relevant – is what you want to achieve relevant to the business? Is the timing appropriate and do you think those at the top will give it the thumbs up?

Time-bound – when will this objective be met? Setting a timeframe gives projects a sense of importance and urgency, ensuring everything is completed and not just left to a later date.

Each of the above considerations enables businesses to come up with objectives that are both effective and rewarding.

How To Ensure Your Team’s Objectives Are Met

Once you’ve drawn up a list of objectives and have made sure they’re SMART, you can then start implementing them. Thankfully, there are many software add-ons these days, which will not only help you assign tasks via an internal communication system, but also to track and monitor progress to see if all staff members are pulling their weight effectively – and to iron out issues if needs be.

Assignments can be marked complete as and when they’re finished, making the progress of objectives easily measurable. With real-time feedback, it’s easy to see if a project is attainable or if a few tweaks are required along the way. What’s more, simple graphics and charts are used to show which teams are working on particular tasks (thanks to the clever use of labels) and deadlines are clearly highlighted to ensure timeframes are met in the best way possible.

When it comes to setting objectives digitally, attention is also given to communication, with instantaneous feedback being used to inspire and encourage staff to perform better from task-to-task. Agile performance management tools of this kind are rapidly replacing annual reviews of team members, allowing for objectives to be met more effectively due to an improvement of attitude and skills.

Making sure your team’s objectives are SMART by checking them against the above acronym is a great way to keep your business goals on track. Work in an organised and productive way and see if you and your team meet your objectives!