SMART Employee Development Plan Goals

Your chance of success will increase when your Employee Development Planning Goals are "SMART":


What exactly do you want to achieve?


How will you know when you’ve completed the goal?

Agreed Upon

Do your colleagues and leader or friends and family agree with your goal?


Do you have the capacity and support to meet this goal?


When will you begin and when will you finish?


Ask yourself the following questions about every goal:

  • What is it that I want?

  • What is it about this goal that gives me energy?

  • What is my motivation?

  • What are the obstacles I can identify?

  • What actions will I take to overcome obstacles?

  • When will I accomplish this goal?

The answers to these questions will provide the content for the goals section of your Employee Development Plan. 


Many EDP Goals share common areas of focus:

  • Education (going back to school, getting a degree, earning a certificate or obtaining a credential)

  • Technology

  • Job Advancement

  • Finance skills

  • Leadership skills

  • Communications skills (writing, public speaking)

  • Organizational skills (time management, project management, process improvement)

  • Personal (exercise, weight loss, etc.)