Top CEO’s recognize Alignment as one of their priorities to improve execution. At its most basic level Alignment is all about helping to inform people what you want them to do, where you want them to place their priorities.
In his New York Times bestseller, “Measure What Matters,” author John Doerr cites Alignment as one of OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) most important benefits. The transparency OKR Software enables will show employees how their work contributes to the achievement of the company’s top priorities. Being connected in this manner makes work more meaningful to the individual and creates a greater sense of ownership.
Dedicated OKR Software provides the platform that enables Alignment. We’ll explain how in the following paragraphs.
More than 90% of Workers Don’t Understand How Their Role Contributes to Corporate Objectives
No wonder Alignment is so important to CEOs. More than ninety percent of their workforce doesn’t know the company’s strategic plan, strategic objectives, and how their position fits into the big picture.
One CEO is fond of saying, “at any point in time a majority of my workforce is working on the wrong thing, I just don’t know which workers!”
Add to that issues created by silos such as redundancy and teams working at cross-purposes.
OKR Software Provides the Visibility and Connectivity to Create Alignment
OKR Software’s transparency and visibility create Alignment. That is a powerful statement. An OKR dashboard provides visibility to the company’s primary objectives, to each team’s Objectives and individual’s Objectives. Further, software charts illustrate progress towards Objectives, at the individual, team’s, and department level, all the way up to the CEO of the company. To quote Doerr, “meritocracy flourishes in sunlight.”
There are numerous other significant benefits of OKR Software and the Alignment it creates:
Studies show that aggressive, written goals shared broadly throughout the organization generate better results.
The top-down cascading of goals in OKR Software creates linkage to top corporate goals. And, the software allows individuals to contribute to the development of their goals in a bottom-up approach that fosters employee ownership and buy-in.
The 360° visibility of OKR Software helps to eliminate silos, identify cross-dependencies, encourage collaboration, and teamwork. There are even more real benefits in the CFR portion of OKRs, Check-Ins, bi-directional feedback, converting your team leaders from micromanagers to teachers, mentors, coaches.
We hope this limited review of the benefits of Alignment has helped you to grasp the power of the OKR methodology and OKR Software.
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!