When it comes to setting goals and being successful, the one organization that comes to our mind is Google. Google’s OKRs are legendary and a lot of the company’s success can be attributed to their OKRs.
As a result, it’s no secret that everyone wants to emulate Google’s goal setting method and perhaps their meteoric success as well.
OKRs stand for ‘Objectives And Key Results’. OKRs are a popular approach for goal-setting which allows employees to execute individual as well as company objectives.
OBJECTIVES are something that you want to achieve, and KEY RESULTS are a measurable way to keep track of how close you are to achieve your goals.
OKR software helps employees with task management and to track the progress of their goal easily. But with too many options available in the market, it becomes a difficult job for an organization to select one.
OKR Software Features To Look For
The section below highlights the best OKR software features to look for before you invest in a tool.
1. Easy And Simple to Use By Everyone
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci.
The OKR software should be user-friendly and easy to use. Users should be able to understand how the software works with little or no training. The user interface should be clean and not cluttered with useless information. The simpler the software, the easier it would be for everyone to use. Understanding and managing the software should not be a new project in itself for all the employees. Additionally, it should support easy integration with other tools or processes. The adoption rate of a software depends on its user friendliness and simplicity of use.
OKR software should be flexible and support easy customization. OKRs/Goals check-ins can be in the form of a percentage, quantity, or milestone. The software should give users the flexibility to check-in on their okrs/goals as per their needs. Flexible and customizable software will be useful for the organization in the long run.
3. Allows Comment
OKRs have a shelf-life and are generally set on a quarterly basis. The ability to comment on OKRs allows managers and employees to discuss it on a regular basis. OKR platform with comment functionality promotes two-way communication and helps in setting a culture of regular feedback and healthy work culture.
OKR software should possess the basic functionality to align and cascade okrs/goals. OKRs and goals are often a shared responsibility. Cascading goals will allow sharing goals from one level of the organization to the next. For example, a manager can cascade his goals down to his direct reports.
Goal Alignment on the other hand helps everyone visualize the bigger picture. It allows individuals in goal alignment and goal management. For example, if one of the organization’s main goals is breaking into an as yet untapped market, the ability to align goals shows an employee how exactly they are contributing to this specific goal.
5. Dashboards and Insights
OKR software tools should present actionable dashboards and insights. It should be easy to understand and analyze so that it is actionable. Moreover, it should highlight the number of goals, the percentage of completion, goal alignment, and their status. It will help employees know whether any goal will be a bottleneck and needs attention. Moreover, an OKR software with an actionable dashboard and insights will help employees stay aligned and focussed.
Chandler Barr is the VP of Sales at Engagedly and is focused on driving a culture of progress over perfection in a no-fault environment where employees are secure and encouraged to think creatively to solve problems. Chandler is a seasoned leader that has scaled sales teams for SaaS startups and multibillion-dollar publicly traded tech companies, as well as, led Marines to accomplish the mission during hardships overseas.