annual performance expectations may seem impossible. But, according to
Nick Camelio, Vice President of Human Resources at Salary.com? that
doesn’t have to be the case. The key to exceeding your performance
expectations is to be an active participant in establishing your goals
from the start. By focusing on key objectives and defining a plan that
makes sense for you and your employer, you are on your way to meeting
and exceeding your performance goals.
To help get you started, Camelio offers the following 6 tips:
1. Understand your Role
first step to exceeding performance expectations is to fully understand
your role and responsibilities. Understanding how your position
contributes to the organization’s success makes it easier to buy into
your objectives for the year.
If you are uncertain about any aspect of your job, seek clarification. A
great place to start is a detailed list of job duties or, if it is
available, an official job description, from your manger or human
resources department. If no description exists, use the Salary Wizard™
to search for one or two jobs that are close matches to your job. You,
along with your manager, can develop an appropriate description from
2. Know the Difference Between a Task and a Goal
goal, simply defined is an objective to be achieved within a specific
period of time – the intended result of a strategy. A task, on the other
hand, is a specific step within the process of a particular activity.
Be careful to list broad goals rather than specific, granular tasks
taken to achieve that goal when documenting your objectives for the
3. Goals must be relevant with reasonable "stretch"
establishing goals, ask yourself if the goal is meaningful – is there
value in doing that particular activity? Each goal must be relevant to
the work you do each day. And don’t set too many goals – this is an
issue of quality, not quantity.
Goals should have some “stretch” to them and perhaps require you to
learn and /or do something new, but they shouldn’t be excessive or
unreasonable. Efficiency is a good area to focus on when establishing
goals. Improving the way something is done or how quickly it is done are
important goals that offer tangible, measureable results.
4. View your goals as a project plan
Make your goals your mission for the year. Keep goals current, track
progress and contributions, and update goals as appropriate to reflect
any changes in your role or responsibilities. Remember that although
goals are set to achieve certain work-based objectives, they can also
yield personal rewards in the form of professional and developmental
growth and greater earnings potential.
5. Be your own advocate
you don’t have access to the tools or training necessary to achieve an
objective, be sure to ask. Your employer will see that you want to
improve the quality of your work and are interested in professional
Remember that no one pays closer attention to your work than you.
Document your accomplishments along the way and let your boss know when
you have reached established milestones. If you reach a stumbling block
along the way, seek advice on how to best resolve the issue and
continue on the path to reaching that goal.
6. Solicit ongoing feedback
an open dialogue with your boss throughout the year so you have a
better sense of where you stand and how your progress is being
perceived. This can take place in brief, informal discussions – no need
to carve out too much time for this. Taking time to check in, however,
shows your boss that you are interested in performing well and are
working hard toward achieving established goals.
Remember that the goal setting and performance review process is an
opportunity to take a proactive role in managing your career and
demonstrating your value as an employee. Hard work will likely play a
role, but if you are armed with an effective plan with clear,
agreed-upon objectives, you are on the path to exceeding your goals.