Cascading goals are a framework used to structure an organization’s goals. At the highest or executive level, strategic goals are set, and then those goals cascade down throughout the rest of the organization to help guide team and individual-level goals. Every level in the company should set goals that ladder up into the level above them, creating overall alignment.
Set clear organizational objectives
Begin at the to and establish 3-5 objectives that the business would like to focus on for a defined time period at the organization level. These objectives should be based on your company's strategic plan or current priorities and should have clear metrics (key results) that measure what success looks like. We recommend using the SMART framework to help guide you in creating clear and actionable objectives. Organizational objectives can be set by any Impraise admin.
Set aligned team objectives
Once you have an idea of where you want to go, it is time to cascade this vision down to teams. Teams should create 3-5 objectives - this process should be completed with both the manager and the team members. These objectives should be aligned with the organizational objectives and have clear metrics (key results) that measure what success looks like. Team objectives can be set by any manager or member of the team.
Set actionable individual goals
Once team objectives have been created, it's time to cascade to the individual level. With the support of their managers, individuals should create 3-5 objectives that are aligned with their team objectives and have clear metrics (key results) that measure what success looks like. Individual objectives can be set by individuals or their manager.
In order to cascade your objectives within Impraise, they should be linked. This means, when setting up either Team or Individual objectives, users will need to select the organization or team objective that it contributes to. This allows your company to visualize alignment on the organizational objective overview.
Objectives are only a good measure of progress if they are kept up to date. Decide who is responsible at each level (organization/team/individual) for updating objective progress and how often this is shared at company level.