Sometimes, employees just have a hard time getting focused. Whether it’s because they aren’t into a project or because they didn’t get enough sleep last night, getting focused while driving engagement and setting the right goals is a hard feat for any manager. Sure, you could filter your goals to make sure your employees stay engaged, but what if you could pinpoint exactly what the problem was, and then get your team on the right track?
Enter Social Goals and Focus Boards. Social goals, as you know, encourages communication, enhances collaboration, and essentially let’s employees navigate their way through objectives while you as a manager give them feedback in real-time. But, when they are paired with our new Focus Boards, they can be even better. How?
Focus Boards allow you to see engagement with key team or company focuses
At a glance, it allows you to answer questions like: Are we creating goals under a focus? Are we accomplishing goals under a focus? Are we having delivery issues? Are we engaging, e.g. collaborating, giving recognition, asking questions, commenting, offering thumbs ups or liking a goal status?
When you use Focus Boards, you can see who’s engaging where, what needs to be improved, and how you can fix things to make the overall project outcome a positive one.
Focus Boards can be broken down further into Focus Tags
When paired with Focus Tags, Focus Boards work even better. Focus Tags offer you a lightweight approach to aligning employees with the goals that matter most right now.
For example, a marketing team, might have five Focus Tags: Field Marketing, Corporate Marketing, Sales Support, Social Media, and Press. Under these tags, managers can see which goals are aligned to which tag. For example, Field Marketing may have 10 Open Goals and 7 Accomplished Goals. However, Sales Support has 15 Open Goals and 2 Accomplished Goals. There’s clearly a difference.
This is yet another way you can see who’s engaged and who’s doing what (or lack thereof) and what can be done to fix or aid a problem.
Focus Boards saves everyone time
Focus is ultimately what drives results and the quicker we get there, the better it will be for the whole team. Since Focus Boards offer insights into where your team excels, as well as where you are facing obstacles with resources, direction or skills, you understand what’s going on right when you need to.
If for some reason there is a question about a specific goal, you or your team won’t have to dig to find the answer. It’s written all over the Focus Board. From there, your team can find solutions or complete goals in real-time, leading to a more open communication model and increased engagement to the company and goal.
What do you think? Do you use Focus Boards to drive engagement? Why or why not?