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Monday, 18 March 2013
How To Write Your Objectives In The Appraisal Process
Your work objectives are mutually agreed between your manager and
yourself. They are usually based upon Corporate and Departmental objectives,
which are then cascaded down within the organisation. They will document the
expectations of your work, over the coming year.
Why Do We Have
The objectives will define your role within the organisation and how you
can contribute to the overall strategy of the organisation. They also provide
you with a guideline as to what is expected from your work, during the year.
Consequently, this means that your appraisal will focus on each objective and
your yearend grade will be calculated based upon your objectives.
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Why are they so
Your objective will determine the type of work that you will be doing
over the next year. It will detail your role and any project or ad hoc work
that you may get involved in. It may also detail training requirements and your
aspirations for promotion.
Therefore, you want to be very careful before signing off your final
objectives, as it is will form the basis of how you will be assessed at the end
of the year. If your objectives are difficult to attain, you may not get a bonus
or a promotion that you deserve. Therefore, you must take care before signing
off on your objectives.
What should I
consider in Writing My Objectives
your Objectives: Make sure that your objectives are realistically
obtainable. A year is a long time in a modern workplace, where things
change quickly. Your objectives may become unattainable or obsolete; therefore
you should always include a caveat to protect you from such situations. For
example, you can include phrases like ‘subject to business needs’ or ‘subject
to successful delivery by another person’, to caveat yourself in case you have
a failure that was beyond your control.
your yearend aspirations: If you want a pay rise or a promotion make it
clear in your objectives that this is your aim. Thiswill show to
management that you have clear ambitions and you are here for the long run.
They will also be forced into discussing the possibility of you attaining these
Defined and Measurable: Make sure that each objective is clearly defined
and your performance can be clearly measured. For example, in a project you can
measure your performance against budget or timescales.
your training requirements: If you need to get training agreed, there is no
better time than when setting your objectives. After fixing your objectives, it
can be hard to arrange a discussion on the subject and get a
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all key points with your manager: You need to ensure that your manager
feels the same way as you do about the objectives.
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