Understanding Goals is important to assist you in building your company goal framework. Below are a few facts that might help as your company gets started. 

1. Who can create goals?

  • Employees have the ability to create individual goals, not department or company goals.
  • Department heads can create department goals (how to make an employee a department head). 
  • Admins have the ability to create individual, department, and company goals. 

This is what a company goal looks like:

This is what a department goal looks like: 

Individual goals will not have a symbol next to them.

2. Who can see/view goals?

  • Employees will be able to see all public department and company goals by going to the Company Page > Goals, or Company Page > Department > Goals.
  • Employees will be able to see other employee's public goals by going to their profile pages.
  • Managers, and managers of managers can see all of their report's goals regardless of whether or not they're private. Private goals can only be seen by the individual, their manager, manager of manager, as well as the admins. 
  • Admins will be able to see all individual, company, and department goals regardless of being private or public. 

3. Goals within Reviews

  • Employees can be reviewed based on their goal performance, by bringing active or ended goals into a review template. Read more about how to do that here

4. When will a goal live on your "You" Page? 

  • Goals will only live on an employee's "You" page when they are an owner of the goal.
  • Anyone who creates a goal can add owners to the goal or change the owner of the goal. 

For example, if an admin wants to create a department goal for a manager or an employee, they can do so by following the steps below.

Step 1: Creating the goal. 

Step 2: Choosing the department and changing the owner. 

Then, the goal will live on the new owner's "You" page.

5. Who can edit or delete goals? 

  • Only Admins can edit and delete all goals.
  • Managers can edit or delete their own and direct reports' goals. 
  • Employees can edit or delete goals that they own. 


6. Who can update a goal?

  • Anyone can update a public goal that they're an owner of. 
  • Only employees that have viewing access to private goals can make updates on them (if they are the owner, manager of owner + their managers, or Admin). 

7. Completed and ended goals

The end date of a goal is when the goal is marked "complete." Goals will not auto-complete, this leaves room to exceed the goal target.


8. Using Goal tags

We suggest using goal tags to organize goals around major initiatives.

For example, if a company is expanding into Europe (which can be a very cross-functional in nature), admins can create a tag titled ‘European-expansion’. When an employee creates a related goal, they can apply this tag. Those with visibility access to those goals will be able to filter goals by tags.

9. Using Goal priorities

You can sort your goals by assigning a level of importance to them under the "Priority" checkbox (P1-P5). This label allows your goals to be listed in order of priority when you view them on your "You" page.

10. Filtering Goals

Goals can be filtered within the goal explorer.  The goal explorer can be accessed from any of the 4 tabs that a Lattice user has access to ("You", "Your team", "Company" & "Admin").  Goals can be filtered by different attributes such as type, priority, status, tags, visibility and owners.

11. Exporting Goals

Admins also have the ability to export all goals which will provide a list of public and private goals with the following fields:

  1. Goal Name
  2. Owner Name
  3. Department
  4. Priority
  5. Tags
  6. Description
  7. Status 
  8. State
  9. Progress Amount
  10. Goal Amount
  11. End Date
  12. Last Update
  13. Whether it's a Private or Public goal

This can be helpful in making sure that goals are private or public.


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