How to Use OKR Software for Goal Alignment

To optimize performance and to implement the OKR (Objectives and Key Results) methodology at scale, you’ll need a dedicated software platform. Spreadsheets or google docs may work for a time, in fact, we even encourage you to use such an application while you’re learning the system, but eventually, administrative issues will arise. Once you do convert to an OKR software platform, you’ll start to realize the transformative benefits of Objectives and Key Results.

In this article, we’ll discuss how a cloud-based OKR Software platform can help you to ensure everyone in the organization is aligned and focused on what matters most. We’ll explain both vertical alignment and horizontal alignment, and top-down and bottom-up goal setting.

What do we Mean by Goal Alignment

When we speak of goal alignment, we are referring to a company-wide awareness of the objectives, an understanding of the importance and commitment to the goals, and how each department’s and team’s supporting OKRs contribute to the achievement of the objectives. This awareness, commitment, and understanding drive engagement.

OKR Software excels at transparency, a crucial component enabling the employee’s visibility necessary for alignment. There are two types of alignment in an OKR system; vertical alignment and horizontal alignment.

Vertical Alignment

The software platform’s alignment chart allows top corporate objectives to be cascaded from the C-Suite to department heads and team leaders. Once informed of these top company priorities, leaders can work with their teams in a mix of top-down and bottom-up goal planning to contribute to their achievement. Several advantages accrue to the company in bottom-up planning. When teams have the freedom to brainstorm their own contributions, they can provide greater insight into their operations. This process also creates stronger commitment and buy-in from teams and individuals. The one imperative in bottom-up is that the team generated OKR must be in support of the top corporate objective.

Horizontal Alignment

Another significant benefit of the software platform is the ability of teams to see how the objectives of other departments contribute to their efforts. It illustrates where co-dependencies exist. No more duplication of time and effort as teams operate in silos. Alignment charts offer visibility for teams to collaborate. Sales has a goal to increase revenues by 20%. But first, they need the new application developed by Engineering and the presentation materials created by Marketing.

Bring the Entire OKR Lifecycle into One System with OKR Software

The best-in-class OKR Software providers bring the entire OKR lifecycle into one system, allowing you to navigate a digital dashboard to:

  • Set and manage measurable objectives
  • Align your teams to top corporate priorities
  • Regularly monitor and measure progress
  • Use analytics/reports to accelerate results

We hope this short article has helped you discern how a dedicated OKR Software platform can help to align your organization.

Are you a CEO guiding a company? An executive responsible for managing teams? Does aligning employee performance to company 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 your thoughts.

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