Performance goals used in the workplace include improving productivity to reach a certain level, ensuring employees perform the tasks the organization hired them to do, and increasing job satisfaction. Performance goals are usually specific, attainable, measurable, time-sensitive and relevant to the needs of a particular organization.
Performance management systems identify the strengths and weaknesses of employees to prepare them for additional responsibilities or promotions. These systems identify barriers to productivity with the goal of removing them through specific training and development programs. Performance goals hold employees accountable for their job duties by setting quality and efficiency standards. Performance goals also outline the desired levels of job satisfaction and recommend measures to attain these levels.