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How do you set goals? Let Zummit give you a hand

Zummit is all about effective goal setting and connecting your company’s long-term plans with the daily activity of your workforce. But the question is, how do you realize this in the most effective way?

Goal setting is a vital part of your business’ success and is a successful approach for increasing team performance. Your set goals will not only serve as guidelines for managing your business, but they will also help you organize your time and resources in the most effective ways possible. Research has already demonstrated a dramatic increase in employee and business performance when incorporating goal setting. However, research also shows that not even 10 percent of employees today fully understand the meaning of their company’s business goals and how they are aligned with their daily activities. This is due to ineffective goal setting. To show you how to set an effective goal for your business, here are three easy steps to follow:

  1. Create an attainable goal. Of course you are allowed to dream big and have big aspirations for your company. However, you do have to be realistic when it comes to setting your company’s goals. Otherwise, attaining them will be a real struggle.Therefore, it is important to set attainable — yet challenging — goals.
  2. Select a measurable goal. In order to establish whether or not you have achieved your goals, you need to add a measurable component to them. Your goals need to include starting and ending points and be specific in terms of what you want to achieve. This will provide a clear indication of what your employees have to accomplish in what precise amount of time to reach a goal.
  3. Establish a clear and specific goal. In order for your workforce to understand what your company goals are, you need to be clear and specific. Each formulated goal needs to be able to answer the 5 Ws: “Who?,” “What?,” “When?,” “Why?,” and “To Whom?

So, to put theory into practice we have created an example goal:
Wrong: Increase sales by the end of this year.
Right: Increase sales with 1.5 percent (the measurable component) through online marketing by the end of this quarter and report to sales manager.

This will answer our 5 Ws:
Who? Barbara, Jennifer, Greg, and John (online marketing employees).
What? Online marketing activities. (This can be narrowed down to individual employee goals. See explanation below).
When? This quarter (three months).
Why? To help sales increase by 1.5 percent.
To whom? Sales manager.

The “What” can be narrowed down to the daily activities of your workforce as your online marketing team performs different activities to increase sales. Each employee can divert his or her own goal as one employee can be responsible for community managing and another employee for online advertisement.

Linking long-term goals to daily activities increases the amount of time spent on strategic priorities. Zummit helps you provide clarity with your long- and short-term goals, and its time management features enable employees to deliver a maximum contribution to your net results. Try Zummit now, and sign up for the 30-day free trial!

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Why Zummit? 5 more benefits for your business

As we stressed in our previous blog: the success of your business depends on the way you manage your business performance. Effective goal setting plays a vital part in this performance management as it guides your employees in their daily activities and how they contribute to the achievement of those goals. However, as we have seen, the art of goal setting and communicating these in an effective way throughout your organization is easier said than done. By adopting Zummit, you integrate a social performance management tool that helps you to manage, develop and connect employees. Need any more reasons to start with Zummit? This blog will give you 5 more benefits:

1. Zummit helps you share long-term goals: Goal setting will help you and your workforce to know the direction for your company in three years, five years or 10 years. It’s one thing to develop these goals, but yet another to get these goals across your employees. Zummit helps you create and communicate your long-term plan, and at the same time, create alignment and clarity throughout your organization by linking goals to daily activities.

2. Zummit provides instant feedback: Zummit allows you to give on-the-job feedback and recognize your peers’ work. Complementing and recognizing each other will boost energy in the workspace and enable personal development. This will enhance work culture and engagement among your employees.

3. Zummit builds commitment: Zummit fosters a culture of collaboration and engagement by sharing company goals with your employees. A clear understanding of the core values and long-term goals will connect your employees with your company. It will continuously strengthen and leverage the relationship with your workforce, have a strong influence on employee loyalty, and thereby reduce employee turnover by 25%.

4. Zummit improves team performance: Aligning employee goals with your company goals is critical to greater business success. Through effective goal setting, Zummit helps you and your workforce to work as a team and boost company performance. Using Zummit to align and track goals will help your workforce deliver a maximum contribution, thereby improving team productivity by 21%.

5. Zummit gives a clear overview of your company’s timeline and structure: Zummit contains an organizational chart of your company. It gives you a graphical representation of the way your company is structured, making relationships between people, teams, and managers visual. Also, weekly reports give you valuable information about where you stand in terms of reaching your goals. A company timeline gives you a clear overview and allows you and your employees to track progress on the achievement of your goals.

Interested in trying out Zummit? Sign up for your 30-day free trial today, and experience the benefits of Zummit for your business.

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Why Zummit? We give you 5 benefits

We believe that the success of your business depends on the way you manage your business performance. Companies incorporate performance management to assess its employees and to determine the efficiency of its activities in achieving objectives. Whether your dream is to increase sales, dubble productivity, or to get your office more organized, it all starts with setting a goal. If you haven’t established clear goals, your employees will have no idea whether or not their activities are contributing to attaining company goals. Zummit provides the social solution to manage, develop and connect employees. By placing each employees’ performance in a strategic context, Zummit helps you and your team to allocate the best people where their skills and talents are needed most. In this blog, we will give you the first 5 benefits of using Zummit for your business.

1. Zummit keeps your company goals relevant and up to date for employees: Employees have lots of different tasks and responsibilities these days. This can result in them losing sight of company goals. To get employees motivated, it’s important to establish relevant and attainable goals. Zummit enables your workforce to share ideas and input, involving them into goal setting and activity planning.

2. Zummit gives clarity in employee roles and responsibilities: Zummit provides your workforce with a clear definition and understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Clarity will prevent misunderstandings from happening and will help your employees work together more effectively. Zummit enables you to connect job responsibilities to broader goals and objectives of your company.

3. Zummit is user-friendly, making it easy to accustom and update goals: Zummit is cloud-based social performance management software that enables your workforce to easily collect and share feedback. It allows peers to instantly recognize each other’s great work, thereby creating a supportive environment that promotes open collaboration. By giving feedback or recognition, your employees can help each other attaining their goals.

4. Zummit manages your time: Zummit helps you to link your long-term company goals to the daily activities of your workforce. This will increase the amount of time spent on strategic priorities by at least 25% and will help you and your workforce to allocate resources and deliver planned achievements in time.

5. Zummit provides a better basis for reviews: Zummit makes sure employees are given clear and specific goals. The tools in Zummit allow you to view employee progression throughout the year and allocate work defaults immediately. In this way, reviews are based on actual data, making it easier and more reliable to evaluate employees.

Interested in trying out Zummit and want to know more about the benefits of using it for your business? Stay tuned for the next 5 benefits in a new blog and sign up for your 30-day free trial today!

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Zummit: effective and social performance management

People who maintain focus on long-term goals will achieve much more results than those who go from one idea to another based on short term planning. With employees having lot’s of different tasks and responsibilities these days, it can result in them losing sight of your long term company goals. But how can you keep your workforce focust on your future plans when they’re constantly being distracted with other, short term, urgent tasks? Zummit provides the social solution and boosts company performance through effective goal setting and continuous feedback in an engaging, private network.

What is Zummit?
Zummit is cloud-based social performance management software that enables you to manage, develop and connect employees. We believe that goal alignment and on-the-job feedback is critical for business success. By linking your workforce daily activities to company goals, Zummit helps you and your team to allocate the best people where their skills and talents are needed the most. Constant goal alignment and instant on-the-job feedback will inform your workforce on what is expected from them and what they need to deliver in order to help the company achieve its ultimate goals. It’s an effective and easy way of managing your business performance.

What Zummit can do for you
With Zummit, you can determine the overall company goals and create goals for individual employees. The assignment of goals and goal alignment, will give you a clear overview of how certain activities and employees contribute to the achievement of your overall corporate objectives, and therefore the succes of your business. Clarity in your long and short term goals and time management features will help you and your employees deliver a maximum contribution, boosting productivity up to 21%. Also, Zummit enables you and fellow colleagues to give on-the-job feedback and instant recognition. As a manager, you will have the ability to constantly monitor employee progress and provide feedback which will enable personal development and improve employee engagement.

Get Zummit up and running
Zummit is cloud-based software. All you need to get started are your company goals, a motivation to boost company performance and acces to the internet. In just a few steps you can add your company’s core values, ambitions, goals, and focus for the future. After adding your long term goals, you can link your employees daily activities, creating alignment between individual goals and your companies future plans. A company timeline and weekly reports allows you and your employees to easily track progress on the achievement of your goals.

Interested in trying out Zummit? Sign up for your 30-day free trial today, and experience the benefits of Zummit for your business.

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