As 2017 nears to a close, organizational leaders must plan for next year’s goals relating to their performance management and incentive plans. In the midst of year-end performance reviews, now is the right time to assess what’s important to your organization from a strategic perspective, and how those strategic goals can be translated into metrics at the employee level. What goals will be included in the annual review process? What goals are important enough to tie to incentive compensation? Providing an opportunity for employees to contribute to the organization’s success builds focus, commitment, and team building, and allows employees to be aligned across functions. Being prepared when January 1 rolls around with finalized goals will help employees to hit the ground running.