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Setting Goals With Employees Will Provide Coaching Opportunities

August 18, 2014 Posted by : Tim Hagen
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Successful companies set goals, and when done correctly, they can motivate employees to produce great work.  Setting goals is helpful for managers as well as employees.  It gives managers an opportunity to coach their employees and provide feedback.  Coaching will help determine the employees’ strengths and weaknesses.  When setting goals, it is important that they are within reach, yet still require effort from the employee.  If a goal is too easily attained, chances are they did not generate any value, such as gaining knowledge or improving skills.  On the other hand, if goals are unattainable, employees may begin to feel discouraged and unhappy.  There will be no value gained from unrealistic goals.

All goals, both personal or in the workplace, should:

  1. Be clear, concise and specific. If goals are too general, they can become misinterpreted and fail to give proper direction.
  2. Have qualities that can be measured and directly related to tracking the progress of the goal.
  3. Be realistically attainable without being too simple or too challenging to accomplish.
  4. Be on point with the topic of the coaching session.  
  5. Be connected to a timeline and/or end date and meetings are set frequently to discuss progress. 

Managers who set goals and continue to coach their employees, including holding frequent meetings and giving feedback, will form a stronger manager and employee relationship.  They need to provide encouragement and praise to employees for progress made.  

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Tim Hagen
Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. Tim is often a keynote speaker at companies teaching the value of coaching and conversations in the workplace. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges specific to workplace performance. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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