Remote Workforce - The New Normal
As more offices shift to a remote workforce, it can be challenging to ensure employee productivity without a physical presence in the traditional workspace. Studies show that in most cases, working from home results in increased employee productivity, but to make sure that your team is staying productive and working together, consider setting goals that align with the remote mentality.
Setting Goals for Remote Teams
When you provide clear, easy-to-follow goals, your teams know what is expected of them.
Identify the needs of your employees. Leadership, communication, teamwork, administrative skills and task planning are areas where performance goals can be established.
Effective Communication is Key
Communicate sufficiently so employees understand and know their work product and contributions matter. Meet with each employee to discuss what is expected of them, and what their desired outcomes may look like. Whether your employees are in the office or working remotely, check in with them regularly. This is more critical for those who you do not see face-to-face.
The recommendation is to schedule a one-on-one meeting once a week in addition to regular team and project meetings. These discussions should include professional development and perhaps personal goals as well. Establishing employee performance goals ensures that all employees are operating at an optimum level, both professionally and personally. Each employee should understand how their performance fits into the big picture.
Goals and objectives should be specific
Employees need to have a full understanding of the performance milestones established. This will leave no room for confusion.
Goals and objectives should be measurable
If you don’t establish a set of metrics you want to achieve, how will you and your team know that the goal was completed?
Goals and objectives should be achievable
While you want to challenge employees, you don’t want to discourage them by setting goals that may not be attainable. This is why two-way communication is vital: employee feedback and interaction is significant to the goal-setting process. Monitor progress to ensure employees are on the right track, understanding that goals and objectives sometimes need to be adjusted.
Employee performance goals should have deadlines
Performance timelines ensure accountability and provide a sense of urgency. It is impossible to effectively manage employee performance without expectations for completion. Be sure deadlines are specific and realistic.
Managing, Tracking and Reporting Employee Performance
If you are experiencing writers’ block, LightWork® Software’s Performance Management solution can be a resource to you. With hundreds of pre-written phrases available, it is easier than ever to establish goals and objectives, and frame appraisals in a positive light. A performance management solution like LightWork® Software is a great tool to ensure corporate goals and employee objectives are established, tracked, and achieved.