Thoughts about hr and management in the real world – extra information I couldn't fit in my books!.
Some of you may have seen back at the start of November I signed up for NanoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month). During the month you write 1,667 words a day and end up with 50,000. That’s the plan anyway – according to the bar graph. You enter your words each day and can visually see how you are tracking against the target amount.
It’s mid November. Here is my chart:
As you can see, I’m failing badly. I didn’t start writing until Day 11 and I haven’t increased my word count much since then. However thanks to the chart, I can see that I’m failing and I have time to do something about it!!
And what I’m going to do is go to a write in this afternoon (where a whole group of people doing NanoWrimo meet to have coffee and do some serious writing together – peer pressure pushing us forward!) and hopefully will get a few thousand words on the board.
So my thought for the day is this…..
Why on earth don’t we do something similar with workplace goals?
I have seen visual performance review systems but they still focus on end of year goals. You still don’t visually see how you’re tracking against goals each day, or week, or month. Could someone design this please? Or let me know if there is one available? Imagine if you, your team or your manager could see how you’re tracking? If someone was behind, the rest of the team could help. If you’re ahead, then perhaps you could finish early for the day? If you can visually see performance, you can be more proactive with being on track and celebrating when you’re doing well.
For NanoWrimo it helps hundreds of thousands of people around the world write 50,000 words in a month – something they never dreamed they could do.
As for me, I’ll let you know if it works in getting me there too…..
Angela Atkins is People and Learning Director for Elephant Group NZ and Elephant Group UK – and also developed the Management Bites training programme. She is best-selling author of the bites series of books and is passionate about helping HR and managers create better businesses. If you’d like, you can follow her on Facebook. Angela is currently based in Hawaii launching Elephant there.