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Goal Setting Will Help You Get The Most Out of Your Job!

posted on: 2012-07-08

It’s difficult to come across a job that does not involve goals of one type or another and the hospitality and tourism industry is no exception.

Goals Are Nothing to Fear

When some people are told what they need to achieve as part of their job description, their jaws drop and their brains go into instant panic mode of "how on earth am I going to meet that?"

Goals are a good thing. Repeat that last sentence. Goals help your organization, your team and yourself stay on track. If everyone knows what is expected of them as individuals and the direction the organization is headed in, everyone works towards a common purpose with no second-guessing about what the objective is.

Break It Down

Breaking your goals down into manageable steps will help alleviate the panic in your brain and help you realize that what is being asked of you is not only attainable, but can be achieved with a little planning.

Say you’re a server who has to sell a specific cocktail for one week. Your goal is to sell 50. You are scheduled to work 5 days this week so you know you have to sell 10 cocktails a day. If each shift is 8 hours, you can break the goal down further into 1.25 drinks an hour. Doesn’t that number seem less daunting?

Now that you know what the expectation is, what steps will you take to achieve it? Knowing what is required and breaking it down will help you to plan and meet targets.

Practice, Practice, Practice

It’s true, practice makes perfect. By making goal setting a habit, you will be setting yourself up for success. Keep track of your progress so you know where you stand week to week. If you’re behind, you’ll know it. You can brainstorm with your boss or colleagues to come up with creative ideas that work for you to keep you on track.

Is That Promotion For Me?

When it’s time for your performance review you will already have a completed list of the goals you were asked to achieve, what targets you did or did not meet, and the steps you took to achieve them. This will be beneficial to the person who is responsible for recommending a raise since they may not remember all the great work you did at the time.

By setting goals you set yourself up to be a candidate for that promotion you’ve had your eye on. Wasn’t that your goal all along?

 

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