Both employee and manager have to be as precise as possible when defining where the path is going. A proven method is phrasing SMART objectives.
What are SMART objectives?
SMART objectives were first introduced by George T. Doran, meaning they should be Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic and Time-bound.
How to make it actionable:
Always ensure to have these 3 components when defining an objective:
- an action verb,
- the object of the action verb
- and the measure.
For example: "Improve your English to a B1 fluency level within the next six weeks."
(To highlight the implication, here the bad example: "Your English is not good enough, you should work on it.")
Clear expectations when working with objectives is key.