Setting New Year’s Goals for Remote Teams


Christmas is over. And as we brush the cinnamon off our shirts, many of us are looking to the New Year. What do I want to accomplish? What can my team produce? What goals will our company reach this year?

The New Year is the perfect time to step back and tackle these questions. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day that we miss the opportunities for growth and advancement staring us in the face. So here’s a few tips as you approach goal setting for your team this year.

#1 – Make it a team effort!

If you’re the CEO or a team leader, you may feel pressure to brainstorm collective goals and “announce” them to your teams. But one way to get buy-in early on is to include others in the dreaming process. What do your team members want to see the company accomplish this year? What ideas do they have for your team?

For those team members who have ideas, speak up! You might ask your boss about a goal you have and see if it’s something the team could tackle together. You might also include your supervisor in setting personal work goals. They may have key insight into areas where you could really excel going forward.

#2 – Communicate goals across the board.

Whatever goals you and your team decide on, don’t let the conversation end there. Be sure to communicate clearly the New Year’s benchmarks. Advane the process by formulating plans to actually reach the goals you’ve set.

At Formstack, we use OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) to document our push towards big targets. An objective might be more broad and generic like “Onboard new staff better.” Then, an example of a key result might be “Create a defined onboarding process by the end of first quarter.”

#3 – Support personal goals on your team.

It’s great to establish milestones for your company and your team, but one consideration for the New Year may be to include personal goals for your staff. Encourage team members to dream about their own ambitions and accomplishments.

For example, one of your developers may want to train for a 10K. Or a marketing writer may want to write a short film. Or someone on your sales team may want try stand-up comedy. While these goals may not relate to your company directly, having a team that’s engaged outside of work can boost their mood and productivity on the job. It also offers new opportunities to connect with co-workers around outside interests.

It’s possible to keep your team moving at the same pace and to stay committed to what’s working for your company. But there can be so much momentum when you set big targets and chase after them together.

If you want the individuals on your team, as well as your company, to keep growing and developing, goal setting is a key practice. New Year’s is a natural time to reevaluate and involve others in the process of dreaming big for the next season.

What goals is your team setting for this New Year? What tips do you have for making them stick?