Whenever your employees write objectives as part of an objective setting exercise or performance review, they should be writing SMART objectives. SMART objectives can be used for any goal planning, including setting business goals and project planning. For example, SMART training objectives can be used to ensure you and your employees get the most out of the time and money invested in a training session. To help organisations get more out of objective planning exercises, we have developed a SMART Objectives elearning course which can be tailored to your organisation’s needs.

What is SMART?

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Different organisations can use a variation of SMART acronyms, and our SMART Objectives elearning course can be customised for your organisation. But in general, SMART stands for: Specific – objectives should state exactly what needs to happen. Measurable – there should be a clear measurement to determine whether objectives have been met. For example, “increase sales by 5%”. Achievable – objectives should be reasonably achievable, so avoid setting unrealistic goals. Relevant – objectives should be relevant to organisational goals to ensure that goals maximise what you get out of employees. Time-bound – it should be clear by when objectives should be achieved, so that performance can be measured.  

What is SMARTER?

Some organisations may follow the SMARTER objectives model. The extra letters in the acronym can stand for a variety of things, but typically are: Extending – objectives that are designed to extend the person performing the objectives to challenge them to achieve more. Sometimes the E can stand for Evaluate or Ethical. Rewarding – the objective or goal should link to rewards, either for the individual or the organisation. Usually this is linked to financial rewards, such as increased sales figures or turnover. Sometimes the R can stand for Recorded or Reassessed.

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Benefits of the SMART Objectives Elearning Course

Our SMART Objectives Elearning course is a great way to ensure that employees in your organisation write goals and objectives in a consistently SMART (or SMARTER) manner. The course takes, on average, 15 minutes to work through and learners are presented with examples and scenarios to help them build SMART objectives. Because we specialise in developing bespoke elearning courses, we designed this course to be easily tailored for each organisation. So we can amend and design the examples and scenarios to be relevant to employees working for your company. The course also contains a nice feature to allow employees to go back to the course at any time and enter their real objectives into a form to ensure that they are SMART. So even after the learning is over, the course is relevant and can be re-used again and again. If you are interested to know how the SMART Objectives elearning course can benefit your organisation, or would like to view a sample, please contact us today at enquiries@embridgeconsulting.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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