April 25, 2008

How To Make Company Goals, Employees Goals

Goals must equally serve the needs

First off, in order for any goal to be effective, they must equally serve the needs of the company as well as those of the employee. In today’s corporate America, this is a difficult if not impossible task to accomplish. Company goals are directed toward short- and long-term business strategies while employee goals are personal. The company’s strategy may represent growth and profit but the employee has no stake in its result. Even though the employees have been given goals that are clear, to the point, objective, and obtainable they will quickly become disengaged.

To bring employees into alignment with the organization, the organization must first clearly communicate a clear understanding of the employees contribution to the overall business strategy. They must be treated with respect and dignity with a fairness of equality. Company leaders must recognize business objectives are not employee objectives. The entire company could suffer if employees moral is allowed to break down simply because they are not recognized as important contributors.

The role of the supervisor
Interdepartmental goals are those of the company and the supervisor, foreman or manager, not the employee. As harsh as it may sound, most employees go to work for the paycheck, nothing more. They bid their time for as much as possible and the company pays as little as possible. To think otherwise is discounting human motivation. Most employees when threatened, will take the stance of, “I was looking for a job when I came here, so I’ll find another.” It’s a very poor outlook but that is the reality of it. People work because of necessity. Most of middle class America is heavenly mortgaged. They attempt to support a lifestyle depicted by Hollywood and expected by their family and friends. They put up with conditions to maintain their over indulgences. This is the reality, this is the picture of corporate America as we plod into the future

A department head will align partially with the company goals because his/her position requires it. they also continually have one eye open for a better paying position.

Coming to terms
How then, can the company come to terms with its employees? In today’s cooperate America, its highest liability is also its highest asset. Even If the company has become completely mechanized, it’s still people who make it successful. People which include secretaries, janitors, CEOs, stake holders, accountants, engineers, marketing, sales and the many others who make the machinery function. The company may be dependent on the people but the people are also dependent on the company. How then, do these two crucial elements come together to make a harmonious, successful enterprise?

People need to be needed
A very enlightening fact is: “people need to be needed, recognized and rewarded”. If an employer expresses his/her true appreciation for their employee, the employee will go to great lengths to pleasure the employer. If an employee develops a feeling of accomplishment he/she will become a devoted and trusted servant. I say servant because that’s what we are discussing here, aren’t we? Any servant will serve a caring and pleasurable master. We don’t like to look at it in that manner, but in reality everyone is serving someone. Remember I say servant, not slave there is a big distinction between the two. A servant serves out of love and admiration and gets recognition, consideration and appreciation in return. To serve a truly gracious master is something only a few experience in a lifetime.

Let your employees know they are needed, appreciated and loved Enable them by assigning them task that are challenging and rewarding. This way, people feel they were part of the goal and they took place in seeing it accomplished. And what is accomplishment but success? Isn’t that what we all seek? Be it a employee, family, church member, or elevator operator we all seek recognition for our efforts.

No man is an island.
There is no self in running a company, household, or organization. It’s the collective effort that makes it work. Like a car can’t run without its tires, neither can we run a company with its employees. Cherish them, respect them and let them know you care. End the end, they will stand by you in loyalty and non judgment. The will be productive, happy employees.

Happy Trails
Source: ArticleManiac by Donald Yates

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