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The Dos and Don'ts of Employee Goal Tracking Software

What are two must-haves to achieving a professional goal? Setting the goal and tracking or measuring your performance. Think about it. It’s applicable in every professional setting — at the office, on a construction site, and even in the NFL.


As an ever-involved (too involved?) fantasy footballer, I can’t help but think of how similar the NFL resembles the average workplace in regards to goal setting for employees, tracking goals, and goal setting for employees - goal tracking measuring performance. Each year, teams work nonstop to achieve their ultimate goal (to win the Super Bowl!), but how do they stay on track with this goal along the way? How can organizations leverage NFL tactics to make goal setting for employees and their goal tracking software more fun, easy, and social?







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Here are a few dos and don’ts of goal tracking I think we can learn from the NFL (AND how the right goal tracking software can help us do it better)!


Don’t Over-Compete | Do Collaborate (Transparently)

On the Field: Every day in practice, a team pits its defense against its offense. The defense knows what the offense is running, and the offense knows how the defense will try to make a stop. Although not actively working to achieve the same goal, this transparency allows everyone to know what each player is working towards. When a fellow player (regardless of which team) achieves his goal, the entire team celebrates his victory. Think offensive running back Marshawn Lynch chest bumping defensive corner back Richard Sherman for an interception he made in practice. Why would Lynch celebrate his at-practice competitor’s achievement? Because at the end of the day, they're all constantly reminded of and have their sights set on the same common goal.


In the Office: Over the years, there has been a notion that goals should be private agreements between managers and employees and kept within unique teams or departments. No one outside the traditional hierarchy has had the software admin abilities to see who was working on what within the organization. This practice, typically referred to as goal cascading, creates a hyper competitive culture of “ME.” Great, effective goal tracking software allows for employee goals to be highly visible throughout the organization and shared by any employee no matter where they fall in the hierarchy. So although sales is focused on a set number of new clients and customer service is focused on retention rate, every employee is actively pushing one another to meet a common goal.


Don’t Over-Complicate | Do Keep it Simple

On the Field: What’s Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers' number one goal? Win the Super Bowl. Every practice, weight lifting workout, and film session works toward achieving that goal. But in order to keep the ultimate goal in sight, good teams define and push to achieve smaller, sprint goals along the way — including short term, long term, individual, and team (like the ones laid out in the Patriots Book). To keep each player, unit, and team in check, these goals need to be visible and easy to track progress on. For a football team, the most effective goal tracking system might be taping a print out of team and individual goals to the inside of every locker or drawing an interactive chart on the whiteboard in the middle of the locker room.


In the Office: The best in-office goal tracking software are user friendly and meet the needs of each organization, team, and employee. In today’s modern workplace, the most efficient place to track and measure organizational goals is online. Goals should be laid out in a multipurpose tool employees will utilize everyday to serve as a constant reminder of what they’re working toward. Be careful not to over-complicate. Leverage a software that doesn’t require extensive training, is easy to access, and is rewarding and fun to use.


Don’t Make it Boring | Do Keep it Engaging and Social

On the Field: Celebrating a win or goal achievement (usually in the form of the ever famous victory dance) creates a memorable moment for each NFL player and the fans that watch. Imagine if tight end Ron Gronkowski couldn’t start a dance party mid-field, or if the Vikings couldn't play Duck, Duck, Goose after a touchdown. The bottom line: achieving goals is fun, but celebrating in front of your peers (and having them celebrate with you) makes it a whole lot better.

In the Office: The problem with most goal tracking software is they focus all the attention two key points a year — the time you set employee goals and the time you rate them (and more often than not, only the goal setter has visibility). Boooooring! The best (and most fun!) goal tracking software is social. Give your employees the chance to publicly share their progress on a goal, scroll through a newsfeed that shows their peers’ progress, comment and “like” posts they’ve read, and celebrate wins with their colleagues.


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