7 customisable OKR examples for Accounting Staff

What are Accounting Staff OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Creating impactful OKRs can be a daunting task, especially for newcomers. Shifting your focus from projects to outcomes is key to successful planning.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Accounting Staff to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our customisable Accounting Staff OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Accounting Staff Objectives and Key Results, but we did not stop there. Understanding the difference between OKRs and projects is important, so we also added examples of strategic initiatives that relate to the OKRs.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to streamline the accounting close process

  • ObjectiveStreamline the accounting close process
  • Key ResultImplement automated accounting software with 100% staff adoption
  • TaskMonitor staff adoption, offer ongoing support
  • TaskSelect user-friendly, comprehensive accounting software
  • TaskTrain staff thoroughly on software usage
  • Key ResultDecrease the monthly closing cycle time by 30%
  • TaskStreamline data collection and management processes
  • TaskImplement automated financial systems for swift transaction processing
  • TaskRegularly review and improve workflow efficiency
  • Key ResultEliminate 50% of identified bottlenecks in the closing process
  • TaskImplement solutions to remove identified bottlenecks
  • TaskIdentify excessive processes contributing to bottlenecks
  • TaskReview and analyze current closing process parameters

2. OKR to enhance efficiency in meeting accounting task deadlines

  • ObjectiveEnhance efficiency in meeting accounting task deadlines
  • Key ResultReduce overdue accounting tasks to 0% for four consecutive weeks
  • TaskReview and prioritize all outstanding accounting tasks daily
  • TaskDedicate an hour each day to address overdue tasks
  • TaskImplement a tracking system for task completion progress
  • Key ResultDecrease error rate on reports and tasks to less than 2%
  • TaskAdopt effective error tracking systems
  • TaskProvide comprehensive training for staff
  • TaskImplement stringent quality control measures
  • Key ResultAchieve a 100% completion rate for accounting reports each week
  • TaskImplement a weekly reporting completion checklist
  • TaskSchedule dedicated time for reviewing and finalizing reports
  • TaskPrioritize weekly completion of all accounting reports

3. OKR to enhance precision and productivity of tax and accounting operations

  • ObjectiveEnhance precision and productivity of tax and accounting operations
  • Key ResultReduce bookkeeping errors by 20% through the introduction of automation software
  • TaskTrain employees to use the new software efficiently
  • TaskResearch and select suitable bookkeeping automation software
  • TaskImplement chosen automation system into daily operations
  • Key ResultCondense tax computation time by 30% via process optimization
  • TaskImplement efficient tax software to streamline computations
  • TaskRegularly update tax computation best practices
  • TaskAllocate more resources to data compilation
  • Key ResultAchieve 15% rise in overall productivity by training staff in new methodologies
  • TaskIdentify relevant training programs for new methodologies
  • TaskArrange and schedule training for staff members
  • TaskMonitor and assess improvements in productivity post-training

4. OKR to enhance the accounting, financial, and tax processes architecture

  • ObjectiveEnhance the accounting, financial, and tax processes architecture
  • Key ResultImplement a new accounting system, improving data accuracy by 30%
  • TaskImplement regular data accuracy checks
  • TaskTrain staff on new software operations
  • TaskResearch and choose an advanced accounting system
  • Key ResultDecrease tax-related errors by 20% through updated software integration
  • TaskTrain staff effectively on new software usage
  • TaskResearch and identify advanced tax software solutions
  • TaskImplement selected software into company systems
  • Key ResultIncrease process automation by 25% reducing manual efforts in financial tasks
  • TaskTrain all finance team members on new automated systems
  • TaskReview and adjust automation protocols regularly for efficiency
  • TaskImplement advanced accounting software for streamlined financial operations

5. OKR to minimize inaccuracies in financial statements

  • ObjectiveMinimize inaccuracies in financial statements
  • Key ResultDecrease financial statement errors by 20%
  • TaskRegularly review and correct financial statements
  • TaskImplement rigorous bookkeeping training for accounting staff
  • TaskIncorporate robust financial auditing software
  • Key ResultTrain finance team on latest reporting guidelines within 1 month
  • TaskPlan training sessions to cover these updates
  • TaskIdentify recent changes in financial reporting guidelines
  • TaskExecute planned training for finance team
  • Key ResultImplement new audit checklist for 100% of statements
  • TaskTrain auditors to properly utilize the new checklist
  • TaskImplement checklist across all statement reviews
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive audit checklist aligned with financial statement requirements

6. OKR to attain zero-error perfection in journal entry bookkeeping

  • ObjectiveAttain zero-error perfection in journal entry bookkeeping
  • Key ResultImplement a new, rigorous 3-step review process by end of next month
  • TaskTrain staff on the new process
  • TaskRoll out new review process company-wide
  • TaskDevelop criteria for 3-step review process
  • Key ResultReduce bookkeeping errors by 25% each subsequent month until errors reach 0
  • TaskUse reliable, efficient bookkeeping software
  • TaskProvide regular training on meticulous record-keeping
  • TaskImplement a thorough double-checking process for all entries
  • Key ResultComplete an advanced bookkeeping course to boost understanding and accuracy
  • TaskConsistently attend classes and complete course assignments
  • TaskResearch suitable advanced bookkeeping courses online
  • TaskEnroll in chosen advanced bookkeeping course

7. OKR to minimize inaccuracies in journal entries

  • ObjectiveMinimize inaccuracies in journal entries
  • Key ResultReduce individual journal entry errors by 25% through improved software use
  • TaskRegularly update and maintain the software system
  • TaskImplement an advanced accounting software program
  • TaskProvide software training to all journal entry staff
  • Key ResultImplement a detailed training program for staff on correct journal entry procedure
  • TaskIdentify necessary components for successful journal entry
  • TaskCreate comprehensive training materials
  • TaskSchedule and conduct training sessions
  • Key ResultIntroduce a double-checking system reducing entry errors by 40%
  • TaskTrain staff on new double-checking procedures
  • TaskMonitor and measure error reduction periodically
  • TaskCreate a standardized double-entry system protocol

Best practices for managing your Accounting Staff OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide πŸ‘‡

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Having too many OKRs is the #1 mistake that teams make when adopting the framework. The problem with tracking too many competing goals is that it will be hard for your team to know what really matters.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Setting good goals can be challenging, but without regular check-ins, your team will struggle to make progress. We recommend that you track your OKRs weekly to get the full benefits from the framework.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Accounting Staff OKRs

Your quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly in order to get all the benefits of the OKRs framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Most teams should start with a spreadsheet if they're using OKRs for the first time. Then, once you get comfortable you can graduate to a proper OKRs-tracking tool.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Accounting Staff OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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