OKR Examples

Sample objectives and Key Results (OKRs) by department
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Why Choose OKRs for your Operations Team

OKRs or Objectives and Key Results are a collaborative goal-setting tool used by operations teams and other departments to set challenging, ambitious goals with measurable results. OKRs are how you track progress, create alignment, and encourage engagement around measurable goals.

OKRs can be a superpower for creating an environment where employees are able to work with purpose. Companies like Intel, LinkedIn and Airbnb have achieved amazing results with OKRs, but less often discussed is the fact that deploying a goal framework in the right way can create a vastly better working environment.

The OKR methodology is very simple, and when used properly, OKRs can help your operations team create things like high output management, team alignment and increased communication in all your business goals.

Writing & Implementing OKRs for your Operations Team

When it comes to creating and writing incredible OKRs consider the following formula: We will __(Objective)__ as measured by __(these Key Results)__.

Designed to fit the needs of any organization size, department or industry, OKRs work the same for setting goals throughout many company levels. They can also be used by individuals or small teams to achieve results. .

Objectives need to be clear, actionable and  (ideally) inspiring, while also actionable and time-bound. 

Key results determine whether an Objective has succeeded or failed. They are quantifiable, measurable and time-bound, so that it's easy for the team to gauge progress. Contributors on the KRs should measure progress regularly (ideally weekly), and then at the end of the OKR period (typically a quarter), there’s a regular grading of the KR and retrospective. 

When it comes to writing and setting OKRs, it's a good idea to make it collaborative. By conducting a brainstorming session, it engages your operations team, gives your team a level of ownership and drives accountability for those results. Ultimately, you want to create a process where teams feel empowered to create their OKRs and then challenge teams across the business to ensure they’re focused on the right priorities at the right time. This process encourages creative thinking and informed risk-taking, all to push your operations team forward.

Operations OKRs: Best Practices & Examples

When getting started with operations OKRs, we get common questions like “how do I write a good operations department OKR?” or “can you give me a good example of a operations OKR?” To answer these questions, we created a list of example operations OKRs so you can have some inspiration as you begin to write your own company, department and team OKRs

OBJECTIVE: Maintain a world-class office.

Key Results:

  • Transfer all company and client records to the cloud.
  • Reduce spending on office supplies by 10%.
  • Implement an online conference room reservation system.
  • Choose and launch a new document sharing platform.

OBJECTIVE: Develop an excellent company culture.

Key Results:

  • Increase employee retention to 90%.
  • Implement a new onboarding process.
  • Conduct quarterly work satisfaction surveys across the company.
  • Reach 95% in average work satisfaction.
  • Organize monthly company outings.

OBJECTIVE: Maximize executive and office productivity.

Key Results:

  • Streamline company approval processes.
  • Ensure executives arrive to all scheduled meetings and events on time.
  • Ensure executives reach inbox box zero at the end of every week.
  • Implement quarterly training for admin staff.

OBJECTIVE: Improve internal document management

Key Results:

  • Choose and launch new document sharing platform
  • Move 100% of existing documents from file servers to new system
  • Have each team create their own directory structure for documents and share it with the wider organization

OBJECTIVE: Improve infrastructure and IT by Q4 2021

Key Results:

  • Reduce service downtime by 25%
  • Create alternate backup sources in case of emergencies and share documentation with entire team
  • IT support representatives respond to all complaints within 30 mins

How Koan Simplifies OKRs For Operations Teams

An ideal OKR software tool will build and reinforce great practices while fitting in seamlessly with the way your operations team already works. Teams who use a software-based OKR tool have improved alignment and work better together. By having purpose-built software for the job of goal tracking, you’ll avoid a ton of time spent running around and getting updates. 

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