Managers are failing their staff by not setting specific goals

According to author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tony Robbins having goals is the fundamental key to success. It helps make the invisible visible and this is where UK employers are failing their staff. Only one in five (21%) employees in the UK reported being set specific goals by their managers.

Sodexo Engage conducted a study into managerial effectiveness in Britain and found that most of the UK workforce is aimless with no target or goal in sight. The survey found that more than a third (38%) of respondents had never been set specific goals or targets and a further 41% said that if their managers had set them targets they were “loose” targets.

Iain Thomson, director of incentive and recognition Sodexo Engage, explains “Our research shows that managers risk losing the respect and trust of their team unless they take a more hands-on approach towards employee development. We know people work best when they’re given goals to achieve, but many managers are failing to take this on-board.”

Without targets or goals being set, employees have nothing to work towards which can hinder productivity and engagement in their work. This also puts staff development into question, as over half of those surveyed (51%) admitted they have a maximum of four one-to-one meetings a year.

The lack of attentiveness from managers negatively impacts how employees see their managers. When asked, 47% said they did not consider their managers good role models and more than four in ten (44%) also admitted they did not trust their managers to make the right decisions or treat them fairly.

The research shows how important it is for managers to set clear goals with their staff. Aside from helping a business meet its objectives, setting goals will boost employee engagement. Employers should, therefore, see these findings as a chance to build a business that puts staff development at its heart.

Thomson adds “Working with employees to set SMART goals will help keep them motivated and give them a clear understanding of their role in the team. It also gives managers the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward employees for great work. It’s a win-win for both employer and employee. A business is only as good as the people it employs, and happy employees create better working environments.”