by Heather Huhman, February 22, 2018
Giving employees autonomy is important. But even as those employees dig into their work and appreciate that autonomy, they may be failing to pay enough attention to another, crucial aspect of the job: goals.
A December 2017 Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers, for instance, found that 11 percent of employees polled said they never discussed goal-related progress with their managers.
This lapse, in turn, derives from another problem with how many organizations approach goals: the lack of collaboration.
Placing responsibility on employees to check in with their managers ignores the need for a collaborative process. In other words, assigning an employee a goal and then waiting for the results is a mistake.
Managers need to be more involved in setting and tracking progress toward those goals; and you, as their leader, need to show them how.
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