John Boudreau

There is a real connection between employee happiness and an employee’s clarity around their key responsibilities and goals. Happier employees are more productive employees.

To drive greater productivity, employee goal tracking software can offer a competitive advantage by providing a framework to remind the team what is most important and how success is measured.

For purposes of this article, I am going to assume you are bought into the idea of aligning employees by defining their goals and that you are making an attempt to track those goals. If so, it may be time to review employee goal tracking software.

Here are five ways employee goal tracking can drive even greater productivity in your company.

Ensures Alignment By Linking Employee Goals To Company Goals

The first level of alignment which must take place involves linking and employees day to day with the top level goals of the company. Employee goal tracking software can build a linkage between these top-level company goals and the employee goals or initiatives.

If the employee has trouble understanding the linkage, the manager or supervisor can jump in and drive more clarity. The software can facilitate the discussion, saving time and money.

Key Question: How are you currently ensuring your employee’s day to day activities are linked to the company goals?

Ensures Employee Goals SMART By Linking Them KPIs

One of the top requirements for goal achievement success is making sure each goal is measurable (the “M” in SMART). You must have some way of determining if you’ve reached your goal.

I’ve seen many companies measure things via Excel, but making sure those goals are linked to a KPI is critical.

Key question: How are you ensuring that each employee goal is measurable?

Allows Employees To Be Transparent About Their Goals & Status

One of the biggest drivers of goal achievement is transparency. Making goals transparent and available to others to see drives goal commitment. Experts recommend sharing goals with others and in doing so drives greater results.

Key question: How are you ensuring that company goals and employee goals are transparent to drive greater commitment?

Makes The Performance Management Process Easier

Performance management is hard. There is also a major change coming with regard to performance management. Companies are opting for more frequent check-ins versus the annual review.

When I was a manager, I used Word docs and Excel to try to capture employee performance and take note of positive and negative performance. It was not the best process since the employees reporting to me couldn’t see my notes. What if I made the wrong assessment or misunderstood something? The employee had no way of tuning me into the misunderstanding.

Key question: How are you making your life easier by ensuring the goals, initiatives and KPIs are clear for both manager and direct report to see?

Helps To Facilitate One-on-Ones

Along these same lines, collaboration must exist if one-on-ones are to be effective.

The supervisor and employee must be on the same page regarding the goals and initiatives. The weekly or bi-weekly cadence allows both individuals to course correct and provide feedback.

Key question: How are you making one-on-ones easier and more transparent? How are your employees currently tracking these meetings, so when performance review time comes, they aren’t reproducing a ton of work?

As you can see, employee goal tracking can offer plenty of advantages, by improving communication and driving alignment. Hopefully, I’ve given you a few questions to consider. Improving just one of these areas is sure to drive greater productivity.