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(wil) Re: Annual Self Appraisal forms and all this (censored)

by wil (Priest)
on Jan 19, 2005 at 16:26 UTC ( #423427=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Annual Self Appraisal forms and all this (censored)

SMART Objectives stand for:

Time Based

This is a very very common managmenet/HR/personal development acronym. That form you posted sounds very off-the-shelf to be honest, and could be any number of companies in the World. What you posted is basically a replica of the suggested form for companies to use that want to apply for an Investors in Peoples Award here in the UK.

And yes, it's a load of bollocks.

- wil
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Re^2: Annual Self Appraisal forms and all this (censored)
by Solo (Deacon) on Jan 20, 2005 at 14:43 UTC
    What the SMART acronym stands for is very important.

    I am routinely given the objective: Improve communication skills.

    This is, I believe, a very common objective set by non-technical people for technical people to achieve--and it's an absolutely abysmal example of what an objective should be. Why? Because it does not satisfy the SMART conditions. Whether or not the goal is achieved is based entirely on a subjective opinion of the assigner of the goal.

    Making sure objectives adhere to the SMART principle ensures the goals can be objectively measured.


    You said you wanted to be around when I made a mistake; well, this could be it, sweetheart.
      So make your own version of it. "OK, boss, I want to improve my communication skills, too. We'd both like it to be SMART, but as stated it's not specific or measurable. I suggest that I do X (training, for example) by mm/dd/yy. How about that?"

      There's a positive, useful way to look at everything.


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