Collegiality and Employee Goals Alignment
I’ve been thinking about the idea of collegiality lately, and how it impacts culture at work. I remember watching Brett Favre years ago when he was still the Packers’ QB. He had just been sacked and got up with a big grin, mouthing off and joking with the defender who tackled him. John Madden (in all of his John Madden-ness) went off on a tangent about how Favre is so collegial.
I looked up the word – it’s one of those words you know but maybe can’t articulate the deeper meaning of it. Collegiality is all about the relationship between colleagues. This includes the fun and inside jokes we share, the mutual trust and respect we feel for each other, and the enjoyment we get out of spending time together. Our pride in each other and in what we do. And our willingness to work through conflicts because of that trust and respect. Camaraderie. What a great quality.
So as leaders, how can we inspire this characteristic at work? We start by hiring for it. Directly, on purpose. Over and over I’ve chosen new hires based more on how they fit our company culture than the experience on their resume. I haven’t been let down yet. We teach our culture and values from day one – and we never stop teaching and celebrating them. And we ruthlessly protect our culture from anyone who doesn’t adhere to our values. That means we have to redefine our definition of a “high performer”, which is harder than it sounds, but it’s worth it. As Madden said, “They’ll score if they can just get into the endzone.” Classic.
CEO, Fine Point Consulting
5 Ways to Bring Employee Goals in Alignment with Business Goals
It’s the start of a new decade! The heart and soul of your business, your employees, are most likely working hard to uphold their New Year’s resolutions. With this being at the top of everyone’s ‘to do’ list, it makes sense to take a look at your company’s own goals. By aligning company goals with employee's goals, an organization can be more productive throughout the year.
Keeping resolutions isn’t easy! It takes time, effort, focus, and a lot of self-discipline! When it comes to aligning employee resolutions with those of your business, the best approach is to start with a strategic plan.
To some, it means getting everyone on the same page. To others, it means looking at the bigger picture and understanding everyone’s role within it. Either way, good employee alignment is essential to help employees stay motivated and keep the company on track.
By aligning company goals with employee (or personal) goals, an organization can be more productive throughout the year.
Here are five ways to help get your team on the same page as your business.
1. Create clear company goals. Tell your story, help your team understand the principles your company was founded by. If employees are unaware of the company’s core values, it’s difficult for them to strive to achieve those values and operate with them in mind.
2. Hire for the cultural fit. The company vision and strategy should be widely shared with potential employees to discover if they are willing and able to internalize the message. Could they work in an environment where goal setting and striving toward achieving the company vision.
3. Employees set their own goals within the company framework. Goal setting allows staff to make decisions with the long or short-term target in mind, and to achieve tangible results. The goal must be a vision that all can share, see and strive toward daily in every aspect of their roles. When clearly articulated and defined, personal goals are often the most immediate and effective regulators of self-action.
4. Give your employees a voice. Encourage them to be open and honest about their opinions and, most importantly, listen to them. When planning your alignment strategy, create an inclusive planning process where everyone is heard. Regularly communicate progress made toward achieving company-wide goals. Share how each staff member's contribution affects the big picture. Reward and encourage your employees. Happy employees lead to a happy work environment.
5. Hold Regular Trainings. Regular trainings offer a great opportunity to reinvigorate your team. Not only can you teach new skills while reinforcing the old ones, you can also underline those company values you’re trying to share. Seeing what it looks like to put these values into action in their day-to-day work life is powerful.