Administrative Assistant Performance Goals Examples

Administrative assistants are of the most valuable of all employees because they are the doers, the ones who get things done and can be instrumental in helping the organization achieve its objectives.

This of course is if they have a good understanding of what is expected of them and written employee goals to help them prioritize daily work tasks.

Someone recently asked me to provide some examples of administrative assistant performance goals.   My first question to them is what kind of goals does his/her manager have and how can the admin help their manager achieve departmental goals?

I am a firm believer that the only way for any organization to achieve its mission and corporate objectives is to articulate and write business goals and to monitor their completion through a structured performance management process.

AA Goals 240Writing administrative assistant SMART goals requires determining the necessary action steps, as well as, identifying a person who has responsibility for completing them.

For example, let’s say the admin works for the manager over the purchasing department and the manager has a goal to reduce supply costs.

The manager could solicit help from her administrative assistant to do the research and audit departmental spending. So it might look like this:

Purchasing Department Goal: Reduce purchasing supply costs by 10%.

The purchasing department spends an average of $1000 per month on supplies and they need to cut out $100 (10% of $1000) per month in costs.

Sample Administrative Assistant Goal: Reduce purchasing supply costs by 10%.

What this might look like in a goal document:

Example #2

The administrative assistant works for the manager of human resources.

Human Resources Goal: Maintain 100% I-9 Form compliance.

There are 75 active employee files and the admin needs to make sure each of those files has a completed I-9 form.

Example HR Administrative Assistant Goal: Ensure 100% of HR files have completed I-9 forms.

This goal document might look like this:

Employee goals are important because they support the goals of individual departments which should line up with the implementation of business strategy.

The beauty of flowing goal responsibility throughout the organization is that it gives every employee an opportunity to participate in the process. This responsibility helps employees understand how what they do on a day-to-day basis affects the ability of the organization to achieve corporate objectives.

Employees who are given clear goals, and understand what is expected of them, are better prepared to perform at desired levels.

Consistent communication with employees is the best way to keep employees engaged.

Administrative assistants, in particular, are vital to an organization’s success.  It is a good use of time to write goals for them and use them to help the organization achieve business strategy.

Do your administrative assistants have goals?

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  1. Kate Pedlar says

    This was helpful but to a point because it doesn’t fit my reality unfortunately. I am an Executive Administrative Assistant, I support a Vice President. He’s the first manager I’ve worked with who is serious about my performance plan and wants me stay on track and formalize it so we can work toward performance goals. I really am grateful for the opportunity; a performance plan is like a steering mechanism and without one we try to stay on course but it is difficult. However, I feel strongly, based on my experience, performance plans for Admin Asst’s are subjective, very subjective. There is no science behind scoring them. In my organization, some get 4 out of 4 consistently and no performance plan is set up at the beginning of the year; others may set one up and get 3 but if you measure the other 4/4 person against it, they would really deserve a 2. Each manager has a different ‘method’ or approach to scoring their administrative assistant. I have a friend who’s an assistant; she got a ‘0’. Impossible; if she were really worth a zero, they would have fired her. Also, her manager never worked on a development plan with her as a measure to ‘improve’ her performance. Her manager kept record of every little, minor ‘error’ my friend did. This is like a bad parent punishing and admonishing their child without teaching them how to improve and learn to behave according to social norms. The ‘0’ rating for my friend seriously effected her self esteem on the job. I see performance plans come through my desk of direct reports who are in professional roles. They have goals that are easier to define and measure. Like your article, they can list a deliveralbe for the year i.e. Complete so and so project on time and on budget by November 2014, or; Develop an plan and execute by such and such a time to engage staff in apply new behaviour paradigm and measure it with a goal of reaching 60% engaged by end of year. What can I submit?: I do this, do this, do this, do this, do it by, do it by, do it by, do it by. Oh, and then, I do many other things that come down the pipline that aren’t on my list but can’t forecast. How are you going to measure that? My VP keeps his cards close to his chest; I’ve asked but he won’t give me rights to his emails; I don’t know what projects he is working on unless I am tasked to do something. We meet weekly so I can bring forward items I am working on but he doesn’t tell me what he’s working on and how I can assist. I am in a more traditional support role. So, your suggestion to align my goals to the department’s goals doesn’t matchup for me. We are coming closer to an idea for measurement and scoring my performance at the end of the year, which is tied to our company scorecard and my bonus. He’s thinking of scoring me on the number of ‘errors’ I make. And, he’s asked me to put some thought into it to, which is great because he wants my feedback. I get where he is coming from; accuracy and timeliness are basically the two main keys to focus on when in an admin role. However, errors happen, we’re all human. If we proceed with his model for scoring, I will ask it be changed to ‘accuracy’. But, what can be perceived as an error is subjective. I work closeley with an assistant who is in a more senior support role. She was criticized for a minor ‘error'; it was leaving FWD in the subject header of an email cascaded down through her division. My point is that as administrative assistants, we are judged not by how many other things we qualititativly execute behind the scenes to help our execs job run smoothly and maintain the positive image. How do we measure our delivery and completion of tasks, assignments and deliverables (whatever noun you can come up with) to be objective? What other things can be measure quantitatively against an admin assistant’s performance. Are there any other resources out there that I can use to assist in coming up with a plan and an objective scoring method?

    • says

      Hi Kate! Thanks for the comment. It seems like you have a complex situation. I suggest you solicit help from your HR person and see if he/she can help you work toward a goal document that supports what your VP is trying to do while helping you understand what is expected of you and how it will be measured.

      I hope this helps!


      • Favour Doe says

        Hi Patricia,

        Thanks for your response to Patricia mail. I also have a challenge. I am an administrative support officer assigned to the Legal & Regulatory Services department of my organization. My daily tasks include getting suppliers/Customers contracts, Policies, Procedures, Leases, Board Papers and other legal documents signed off by other Executive management members of the organization, scanning, binding, uploading soft copies of these documents on the Server and finally opening hard copy folders, Managing my boss and three other Managers ( HSES, Quality/Compliance and Contract Managers). How do I prepared my Set Targets and give my monthly reports of my monthly performance and achievements? Need your assistance please.

        • says

          Hi. Thanks for the question. As a support person, often your manager may not not have a good understanding of what you do everyday. I would put together a spreadsheet and report monthly on the numbers of supplier/customer contracts, number of leases, policies, procedures, board-papers that you facilitate. I would sit down with you manager and ask them how they would like you to report this and in what format would be helpful for them. Your job is to provide them the information (data) that they need to do their job but they need it in a format that they understand and will use.

          I hope this helps.


    • L.Martin says

      Administrative Assistants at any level deserve to be rated appropriately and fairly according the achievement of their GOALS which should be determined in the initial expectations meeting. As administrative responsibilities vary greatly by industry and title, each one of us usually has a set role we play and duties we are expected to manage every day. In every job description I’ve ever had there’s been a line that states, “Assists with special projects, as needed” and as you are assigned these “projects” whether they’re organizing a large function or being in charge of a web redesign, you need to document the desired end result and the steps it’s going to take to get there. THIS IS A MEASURABLE GOAL.

      If you’re responsible for managing travel logistics for a group of individuals, you know what is required to get them where they need to be. THIS CAN BE A MEASURABLE GOAL. Staying up to date on current travel restrictions and requirements, legal flight connection times, visa and passport requirements all contribute to meeting your annual goal.

      Being rated a 0 is unacceptable. It’s been my experience that HR is generally useless when it comes to assisting those of us that are generally in non-exempt, administrative roles. I think it’s worthy of discussion at your organization’s next Town Hall meeting.

      Valuing, rewarding and recognizing employees does not begin at a certain pay grade. Investing in employees futures proves well for companies and we are all entitled.

      Good luck to you!

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