Set Work Goals

Career –  Activity: Set Work Goals

Planning goals for work adds meaning to an important part of our lives.

To set work goals:

  1. Review organization mission statement/goals
  2. Review job description/duties
  3. Generate ideas for goals that will add value and make them SMART
  4. Choose learning activities to develop skills for a development plan.

Checklist for work goals that add value and are high priority:


Use the Work Goal form at the Daily PlanIt Shop or the free Work Goals form at Development Plans are Not Just for Work.

This week, I will set four measurable goals that will add value to my work with a Work Goal Form.

Work Engagement

Increase work engagement with work goals that provide antidotes to job misery. The opposite of work engagement is described in a book by Patrick Lencioni, “Three Signs of a Miserable Job,” which are:

  • Anonymity
  • Irrelevance
  • Immeasurement

Three Remedies to job misery are work that provides RECOGNITION, RELEVANCE and RESULTS. Work goals that create measurable results which are relevant to the Mission and goals of the organization meet most of the needs that require satisfaction for employee engagement. The final key for an engaged employee is recognition, preferably tied to results, i.e. relevant goals achieved. A simple verbal or written thank-you or praise for a job well done can go a long way toward meeting needs for appreciation. Communication and Feedback are essential. A sense of purpose is also important. Learn more at Learning Activities for Work Engagement and Development Plan.

Gallup Research resulted in 12 questions to measure Employee Engagement.

Tools: There are tips for setting performance goals and Recognition Ideas (pdf) at MIT. CNN has a Work Life Balance Calculator.

See also: What Employees Say They Want | Top 10 Things Employees Want | Career Goals Examples from the Udemy Blog.

More from the Daily PlanIt: Develop Work Skills | Development Plan | Work Engagement Board at Pinterest | Work Skills ToolkitWork Goals at the Daily PlanIt Stiky Wiki

This is one of the weekly activities for a Year of Personal Development.

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