Written by Pete Wilkinson

Last updated 12 May 2023 ·

How to turbocharge performance management with OKRs

Performance management is an essential aspect of any business, and one of the most effective ways to improve it is by implementing OKRs, Objectives and Key Results. OKRs are a goal-setting framework that can help businesses of all sizes align their goals with their overall strategy, track progress, and accelerate results. This blog post will discuss why OKRs are vital in performance management.

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OKRs facilitate effective performance management via the creation of a powerful feedback loop. Provide a framework for setting ambitious goals that align with the company’s overall strategy, OKRs enable easy ongoing performance management through increased transparency, accountability and structure. When everyone is working towards achieving clearly communicated and well-cascaded OKRs, individual performance levels become very clear. Here are 5ive pointers to get started with OKRs:

1. Start by defining your objectives

The first step in implementing OKRs is to define your objectives. Objectives are the specific goals you want to achieve. For example, a sales team might have an objective to increase revenue by 10% over the next quarter. Once you’ve defined your objectives, you can begin to create your key results.

2. Set measurable key results

Key Results are the specific metrics you will use to measure progress towards your objectives. They should be specific, measurable, and time-bound. For example, a sales team might set key results such as increasing the number of qualified leads by 20%, improving the close rate by 15%, and increasing the average deal size by 5%.

3. Align your objectives and key results with company strategy

To get the most out of OKRs, aligning your objectives and key results with your company’s overall strategy is essential. For example, if your company’s overall strategy is to increase market share, your objectives and key results should be 100% aligned with that goal. This will help ensure that everyone in the organisation is working towards the same goals and that progress is being made in the right areas.

4. Track progress and provide regular feedback

One of the most significant benefits of OKRs is that they provide a framework for tracking progress. This allows you to see how well you are doing and adjust as needed. It’s essential to provide regular feedback to your team members to help them stay on track and make necessary changes to their approach.

5. Use technology to streamline the process

Implementing and continuously monitoring OKRs can be time-consuming, but many technology solutions are available to help streamline the process. For example, OKR software solutions can help you set and track your goals, provide regular feedback to team members, and generate reports to help you analyse individual or team performance and identify areas for improvement.

To sum up

In conclusion, implementing OKRs can be a powerful way to turbocharge your performance management. By defining clear objectives, setting measurable key results, aligning them with your company’s strategy, tracking progress, and using technology to streamline the process, you can achieve better results and drive success for your business.

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