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Written by Pete Wilkinson

Last updated 20 May 2022 ·

Using OKR software to set goals and develop employees for positive engagement

Let’s look at how OKR software can help improve employee engagement in your organisation by setting goals and measuring progress! OKR software allows you to set goals, measure progress, and celebrate accomplishments. These are three of the critical components of employee engagement that, when used correctly, will help make your employees happier, more productive, and more fulfilled in their roles at work.

Share the purpose

How do you ensure employees understand the company vision and objectives? You could send out a memo or host an annual meeting, but how much do these activities embed a message that’s remembered enough to drive behaviour and actual change? Research suggests that when people are simply made aware of objectives, they feel less motivated than those who actively work with an objective they have helped create. The Reclaro 1-3-5® OKR software makes sharing objectives purposeful and compelling, meaning people genuinely understand the business vision and are more likely to buy into it.

Create inspiring objectives

Make sure your objectives inspire everyone at all levels because they will ultimately want to know what’s in it for them. If they understand how it relates to their job and how they can positively impact achieving them, they’ll be more interested in completing them. No one will work effectively or productively towards achieving uninspiring objectives.

Offer support and encouragement

It’s one thing to measure performance, it’s another to support employees in their OKR creation and as they work through them. A big part of your responsibility as a leader is encouraging your employees. Hence, they stay committed and motivated toward their OKRs, not just focused on completing them successfully but also gaining a sense of enjoyment from working through them. OKR software allows you to monitor progress, performance and achievements at all times easily and identify early on any areas required for improvement.

Celebrate achievements

Take a moment to recognise milestones you’ve hit with your team, celebrate an exceptional job well done, or even just thank your employees for doing a great job now and then. Recognition can often be overlooked — it’s easy to forget how big of an impact a word of encouragement or public recognition can have on someone’s day, week, month, or year! No matter what kind of business you run, recognising achievement is essential to keeping teams engaged and motivated. Many OKR software tools incorporate some feedback loop offering recognition and encouragement where it’s due.

Promote growth opportunities

When it comes to workplace engagement, simply asking employees for feedback is often not enough. In fact, a mere 0.4% of executives believe that management listens to suggestions from all levels as a driver of business success. To increase your odds of getting employees engaged in OKRs, you’ll need to do more than just ask them what they think about their work; you’ll need to give them opportunities to share their ideas with leadership. A transparent OKR system in place opens up opportunities for people to shine and show their hard work, facilitating the recognition amongst leadership teams that they may be ready to take a step up.

If you would like to know more about how using OKR software could benefit your business, just send us a quick email at hello@reclaro.com; we will be happy to work with you to address your needs.

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