How to Set SMART Goals to Improve Performance Management

Goals Definition: Goals are short-term objectives which are set at the start of a project to help analyse where the project needs to go and in what kind of time frame.
SMART Goals Definition: SMART Goals are a way of making goals which cater to the project and make more sense when looked at in the future;

  • S – Specific – The area for the goal to be set, must be specific so that a goal can be clearly defined and then completed.
  • M – Measurable – A way to measure the progress of the goal, to know when the
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Performance Management

Performance Management Definition: Helps to contribute to the effectiveness of the management of individuals and teams in an organisation, as to to help with the performance of the organisation. To achieve this it needs to be made that everyone shares the same understanding of objectives and targets.

The ‘Big Idea’ (Purcell, 2003)

From some research which was carried out at the University of Bath, Purcell et al found that organisations who shared a common goal, as in all of the individuals shared the same beliefs, then the company would do better. This was known as the ‘Big Idea’. This could … Read more...

How to Approach an Appraisal

There are 6 main steps to approaching an appraisal situation, these are outlined below in bold, the extra text are some notes to help understand what to do and what not to do.

Starting the Appraisal

  • Good News First Vs. Bad News First
  • Handling the Bad News – Criticising
  • Make sure to note what they did well, adding confidence, but including the criticism
  • Set objectives and ways the person can improve, so that they have something good to take from it
  • Make the person think about themselves and work out the problem. If they understand what is wrong with
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Culture in Organisations

Culture Definition: The human-generated part of the environment that is transmitted across time and generations and leads to people within that culture developing shared meanings; culture gives people ‘standard operating procedures’ or ways of doing things. Often said to be ‘the ways things are done around here’ culture is a major point within an organisation as it can lead to success or failure. It is important to manage culture and try and install one which works well for the type of organisation, the objectives and goals the business has set and the recruitment practices in place.

Organisational Culture Definition: The … Read more...

Groups and Teams in Organisations

Group Definition: In the setting of an organisation, a group is the collection of people who are located, grouped or gathered together, either by classification or in a more general sense. People are often put in groups, such as a department, or groups are created by the same culture or objectives within an organisation.

Team Definition: A team in an organisation is defined… Read more...

Goal-setting Theory: Motivation

Motivation Definition: The reason or reasons to act in a particular way. It is what makes us do things and carry out tasks for the organisation. However, motivation is often used as an excuse, a lack of motivation for not doing anything. This is why in an organisation discipline needs to be used, to inspire the fact that motivation isn’t always needed, but discipline to get the job done is.

Goal-Setting Theory Definition: This theory has established four main propositions, which help to explain work behaviour, why people strive to try and meet their goals and why people don’t work … Read more...