At this time of year, goal setting for the new year is high on the agenda for so many, at both a personal and professional level. How as an employer can you help to bring more happiness into the workplace through goal setting?

Here are our 4 top tips to help set goals that do exactly that:-

  1. Set Life Goals

It is important for an employer to understand their employees and what motivates them by helping them set life goals. Usually, a job helps them to achieve this, whether this be through the financial earning of a position to contribute to achieving the life goal of a dream holiday, house and so on. More so, however it is an important tool to help the employer get to know the employee, understand them better, what motivates them and what makes them tick. If the employee believes there’s a genuine interest in them as a person, they’re more likely to work hard and thrive.

2. Live Authentically At Home And Work

One of the keys to a happier life and in turn a more successful company culture, is one where people feel that they can be themselves, that they can be heard and understood. By being more authentic people generally feel more confident and have a deeper level of self-respect, this helps them to perform at a higher level as they want to do a good job for themselves rather than to impress others. Authenticity breeds a culture of respect amongst teams, meaning fewer disagreements and office politics. People develop a greater resilience to life and challenging work situations, meaning they bounce back quicker and for those in a high pressured environment this is one of the key skills required to be successful in the role. Think of a sales role, those showing authenticity help to build stronger relationships with potential and existing clients, yet also can take the knocks in sales much more calmly.

Helping each individual within your team to set a goal to develop their authenticity is a great place to begin. How can they take action to approach their role in line with their key values and tackle difficult situations in a similar way?

It is also about them setting goals for their role that really motivate them and that are in line with what they believe and wish to achieve. If a goal is set by the line manager alone, there will be little, if any buy in from the individual.

3. Balanced Goals – Ambitious Versus Conservative

A study was carried out by the university of California, Riverside that found setting ambitious goals rather than conservative goals increased happiness levels. It was found that the process of working towards a goal that stretched and challenged an individual increased a person’s joy. People grow from being pushed outside of their comfort zone, whilst at the time it feels uncomfortable accomplishing something more than what they believed they could increase confidence.

 4. Incorporate Health Goals – Move, Eat, Sleep (Work Life Balance)

Now more than ever helping your employees become healthier, more active and rest more is incredibly important. These factors all contribute to becoming both physically and mentally fit, meaning they perform better and are happier both in and out of work.

As an employer seek to understand how these three factors play out in your employees life, Is there an area they could improve? Can you help them to set a goal around this factor and can you show your support within the workplace? For example, is there a gym class they would like to attend? Perhaps the time clashes with work? If possible perhaps you can make a concession to their working hours to help them attend this. Ultimately by them being fitter and healthier, they will be happier and perform better.

With mental health being high on the agenda anything employers can do to support their workforce is valuable.

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