Human Resources

Employee Relations | Writing SMART Objectives

Writing SMART Objectives

New objectives should be:

  • Agreed upon with employee
  • Based on job requirements
  • Specific and significant end result – not part of day to day job responsibilities
  • Aligned with goals of functional group and University
  • Take existing conditions into account
  • Completed prior to the appraisal interview
  • Revised during the review period as position expectations change

SMART objectives:

S – Specific

Clearly defines a single outcome or result

M – Measurable

Identifies criteria for successful achievement (i.e. – quantity, quality, cost, schedule)

A – Attainable/Achievable

Feasible given the employee’s skill set, control, scope of job, and the organization’s resources

R – Relevant

Meaningful and significant to the individual and the organization

T – Time Bound

Defines a deadline or target date and includes interim steps and a plan to monitor progress

Employee Relations Contact

Kevin Sansberry II

Senior Human Resources Manager