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Monitoring progress

Featured in the Setting Objectives and Seeing Them Through training manual

By Beverley Williams

Category: Performance Management

Credit price: 3 download credits (Single user)

All objectives need to be monitored formally and informally. Effective monitoring ensures that things proceed according to plan, those involved remain motivated and working to a high standard, and that there are no sudden surprises for the person with ultimate responsibility and accountability. The level and type of monitoring can vary depending on timescale, complexity of the objective to be achieved, and the experience and level of confidence of those involved. This training activity looks at both task-based objectives and developmental objectives to explore the benefits of monitoring and the ways in which effective monitoring can take place.

You begin the training activity by asking participants to take part in a pairs exercise to consider the benefits of formal and informal monitoring of task-based objectives and developmental objectives. Then you move on to elicit the participants’ ideas on methods of monitoring objectives before explaining some suggested monitoring systems and their benefits. Next, participants work in groups to apply the theory to a case study, developing a monitoring system that makes sure that objectives are achieved and motivation levels are kept high. Finally, you close by covering the key learning points of the training activity.

Who is it for: This training resource is intended for use by trainers with managers to work with team members to decide on an appropriate monitoring system when setting objectives, emphasising the importance of continuing to discreetly monitor progress to avoid any surprises.

Resource Type:Activity
Min Group Size:4
Max Group Size:10
Typical Duration:01:55:00
No of Pages:20

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Purpose: This training resource is intended for use by trainers with participants who are responsible for helping others to set objectives – that is, manage others in some capacity. Participants should already have covered ‘Objectives: What they are and why they exist’ and ‘Introducing the SMART objective’. This training activity needs to be covered in conjunction with ‘Reviewing progress’, to ensure that all aspects of formal and informal monitoring and reviewing are addressed.

Download the training activity, Monitoring progress as featured in the Fenman training manual; Setting Objectives and Seeing Them Through