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THE MOTIVATIONAL GOALS - MOTIVATION CHAPTER 5

People have the need to work goal-oriented. We need a goal that we can imagine and that appeals to us. The goal must give us an incentive to take action. So, if you notice that you are literally 'meaningless', then look for the goal. If an employee's performance falls, then discuss the goal. What are we doing now?

On this page you will find a fairytale about motivational goals in which a Human Resources employee is a magic fairy with whom everything succeeds and the client the just and benevolent monarch.

When is a goal motivating?

Conditions that goals must meet to be motivating:

1- You can imagine it

Imagine, you are the magic fairy of the human resources department and the king of the Purchasing department says to you: 'We are going to organize a day's training after which the people from Inkoop can give and receive better feedback . The atmosphere in the department will therefore improve considerably. the collaboration is getting better, and we need that because next month we start a new project that is extremely important for our position on the market. '

You have organized experience with this type of training. You also know a desk that can do that very well. You can see for yourself what that day will look like. This is a very concrete goal to work on. You immediately dive into your PC to search the site of that agency.

2- The goal matches a need that you feel and an important value

You prefer that everyone works in harmony with each other and is honest with each other. In your own department you have done that well, now that has to be arranged at Purchasing. You want to take care of everyone. Moreover, it is good for your status if you and your staff turn the department into a cozy family.

3- You find the result useful

Before you worked at PZ, you worked a while in that department. You know that department needs it. And you also know that there are a number of people working who really want to learn. The training matches their need to learn to work better together and to appreciate each other more. You are sure that the training will motivate them, because there is now attention for their problems. You will ensure that it also gets a follow-up. That is even more useful.

4- You influence the goal

It is not just the employees who have to deal with feedback better. The king also has something to learn, because he is part of the cooperation problem. He does not like that, but he does accept it. The king will join his subjects; the goal is being adjusted.

5- You believe that it will work

The goal is achievable. There are a few difficult types in that department and that trainer of that office is very stubborn, but the training is very successful. And you have the qualities to prepare well, together with the agency. You see for yourself how that department will walk in a month as a train.

6- You find the way to the goal well

You have already had a number of conversations with the people in that department and that has had too little result. A training is the best at the moment. But, more needs to be done.

7- You influence the method

A training alone is not enough. After that day, a follow-up is required: at least four bi-weekly group discussions. It takes time, but otherwise the training is wasted money. King Purchasing agrees with you. These conversations are coming.

8- You can judge the result yourself

You arrange that you can attend the training yourself and that you can also conduct the follow-up interviews. This way you can see if the training has the desired result. It is very satisfying to be able to see where your efforts lead to.

9- What if the goals do not meet these requirements?

Or: what if your employee does not find the goal motivating? What you will have to do first is to investigate which condition is not fulfilled. And then determine how bad that is. Are there conditions where you can do something yourself to make the goal more motivational?


- Is there a need that might be fulfilled by carrying out the task? Perhaps it is not a goal that you have many possibilities for self-development, but it is for instance very nice to work together again with that colleague whom you have not seen for a long time.
- Or maybe you can adjust the way to the goal itself, making the task interesting for you? Or get another task that also needs to be done for the purpose?
- If you do not have enough responsibility when formulating goals, it can seriously interfere with the relationship with your boss. There is also something to be done about that
- Maybe you can involve others, so you believe more in the chance of success.
- Try to be involved in the final step in the process, so that you know whether your work has benefited.
- Talk about it with the person who came up with the goal, which might make it more alive for you.

An example of a (the) motivating goal

Jaap implements software at a bank. The bank has merged with a Belgian bank. Now two packages have to be integrated so that both banks will work with the same methods. Jaap has to go to Brussels almost every week to talk to the Belgians. It is very difficult. And it costs a lot of money. Moreover, Jaap does not find the goal sensible, because both banks can continue to work fine with their own system, if the results are only comparable. After a long talk with his boss, Jaap sees that the motive for the integration is not an increase in efficiency but a status increase of the Belgian merger party. Integration will therefore promote cooperation. Still no motive that Jaap is very excited about, but he can now imagine why it is necessary.

10- Do you find it hard to come up with a goal?

Often you are the person who has to think about the goal you are going to work for. Specially if you work at a higher level, you know globally which way your organization wants to go, but you have to think for yourself how you can contribute to it from your position and with your possibilities. You have to formulate a goal yourself that motivates you to go to work. Setting goals is a skill that you can work on. If it does not work, ask yourself if you have taken the right job.


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