Workplace Q & A

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How do I write effective performance goals for the upcoming appraisal cycle?

The simplest way to write effective goals is to use the SMARTS acronym. Have goals that are:

Specific – The staff member should know exactly what is expected

Measurable – Measurements are established so both the manager and staff member can monitor performance or progress toward meeting goals

Achievable – The goal is not just a wish, it has a basis in reality

Results Focused – The goal is focused on accomplishments, not activities

Time Bound – The goal has a specific deadline or time frame for accomplishment

Stretch – The goal will be a challenge to meet, not an automatic accomplishment

From the University of Pennsylvania Human Resources website. “Guidelines To The Performance And Staff Development Program.”

Also in the April 2007 issue:    

Write You Own Performance Review
Four Steps to Writing Performance Appraisals
Meeting & Retreat Design and Facilitation
Knowledge Link Help Desk

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