When done properly, goal setting can help to increase productivity while simultaneously making employees feel more engaged. Human resources information systems (HRIS) can assist with goal setting in several ways, making it easier to set goals and also sometimes offering tools that will aid employees in accomplishing set goals.
If you have an HRIS with goal setting capabilities and want to put this functionality to work, the following are a few tips that may help you get the most from your solution.
Work with Employees to Set Goals
Dictating goals to employees is a mistake that may compromise effectiveness. Working with employees to set goals will help employees to feel more involved and valued, while also allowing them to voice their concerns, thoughts, and strategies for achieving goals. Working with employees to set goals using the HRIS can help to forge stronger bonds between managers and employees while making goals seem more achievable.
Additionally, working with employees to set goals using an HR software solution may help employees understand more about how to use the goal setting feature. Making sure that employees are comfortable with the feature is imperative to using it for effective goal setting and tracking.
Set Alerts and Notifications
Goal setting tools assist with tracking employee progress, but it can still be difficult for managers and employers to find the time to review this information. Alerts and notifications can help managers to keep up on progress without wasting time looking through goal tracking charts that haven’t changed significantly. Every time an employee meets a goal or hits a benchmark, an alert can bring management up to speed.
Use the System to Provide Immediate Feedback
Timely feedback can be instrumental in fostering productivity. Employees will feel more excited about meeting benchmarks if they know that management is invested in the outcomes of achieved goals. Managers can also take the opportunity to provide instruction about how outcomes could have been improved or to congratulate employees on tasks that were done well.
Using an HRIS to communicate feedback provides flexibility and may make it easier to be specific. Managers can provide feedback quickly and conveniently through the system, rather than waiting for office hours. Managers may also be able to include screenshots that back up suggestions or recognition, or use exact wording taken from goals or linked projects.
Tie Goals to Larger Achievements
Tying goals into larger organizational accomplishments or showing how goals that have been set will have an impact on the outside world may encourage employees to “buy-in” to these larger achievements. Setting up a chart that shows how each individual will contribute to a large goal that helps the company to be more environmentally friendly, for example, may help employees to feel a sense of pride and to work harder towards their goals.
Take Advantage of System Updates
HR technology is evolving at a rapid pace, so there are bound to be changes that can help you improve the way you set and track goals with your employees as time passes. Some systems have already begun to use artificial intelligence to translate emoticons from feedback, improving communications. Establishing goal setting within an HRIS shouldn’t be seen as a one-time task, but rather an opportunity to continuously improve the way the company operates.