Dispelling OKR Myths: Check-Ins Waste Management’s Time

It is said that OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) is a simple methodology with a simple language. There are no hard and fast rules, and there is no GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). So, much of what has been written of OKRs, taught by consultants, and espoused by OKR Software providers, is open to interpretation. As a result, we have misinterpretations, misunderstandings, and outright “Myths” about the process.

This series of blogs will debunk many of the most prevalent misconceptions.

OKR Myth #10: Weekly Check-Ins tend to consume and waste management’s time

In an OKR execution, Check-Ins are the number one “must do.” Best-in-class OKR Software platforms feature weekly automated prompts to encourage Check-Ins and monitor compliance for everyone to see.

These short, one-on-one meetings between manager and employee are an excellent venue for reporting progress towards OKRs. They provide a platform for bi-directional feedback; employees can identify roadblocks or obstacles to the achievement of OKRs. They can also highlight any Key Results which are at-risk so that course corrections can be implemented in real-time.

Actually, Check-Ins can prove to be time-savers as these short conversations often replace much longer, less productive weekly meetings.

Do you manage a company or teams (either as a CEO, a senior executive, a middle manager or even a front-line manager)? Do you set and track objectives? Does aligning employee performance to business goals matter, and are you responsible for driving results? If so, please check out a live demo of Atiim OKR & Goals Management Software and we’d love to hear what you think about it. Thank you!


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