When you're a small business owner, there is a seemingly endless list of tasks you have to accomplish every day. You're the one who is ultimately responsible for the fate of your company and you need to ensure that your employees are on board and up-to-date with their work.
However, it can often be hard to manage an employee's productivity when you're focusing on the other million or so things you need to get done by the end of the day. While many large companies have internal programs that help employees to monitor their progress and accomplished tasks, there is a dearth of tools for small businesses.
Luckily, there are some products out there that are made specifically for small businesses with a smaller employee pool than, for example, JPMorgan Chase & Co's 240,000 workers. Here are four tools to help track employee goals – all at a reasonable price.
1. Lifetick Coach
Price: $29 per month
Used largely by life coaches and mentors to track mentee's progress, the manager component of Lifetick Coach gives users the ability to message, communicate with groups and plan out goals. Unlike other programs, Lifetick also lets users set up their own goals and designate tasks that will help them to accomplish them. Ultimately, managers are given full access, but workers are dictating their goals.
Price: $30 per month for up to 10 employees
Through this hosted solution, managers are able to set goals for the entire organization, a certain department or individual workers, the latter of which can update their progress in a results journal. Moreover, employees can also note what percentage of a goal is complete and the status of a task.
Price: $12 per month
Goalscape helps users visualize goals through interactive graphics; the tool places your company's main goal in the middle of a circle graphic, with other goals surrounding it. It allows users to add shading to goals as they're accomplished and helps to differentiate among the importance of finishing tasks.
Price: $60 per year
WorkSimple allows managers to assign departments, workers and even yourself goals; it also lets you limit who can view certain goals. Employees are responsible for reporting their own progress and checking in on goals that are aligned with ones they create for themselves. When an employee is up for a review, WorkSimple even allows managers to automatically compile a report that summarizes goal performance.