4 OKR examples for Audit Department

What are Audit Department 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 Audit Department 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 Audit Department OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Audit Department 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!

OKRs to efficiently meet annual audit plan commitments

  • ObjectiveEfficiently meet annual audit plan commitments
  • Key ResultFinalize and implement a resulting action plan from 80% of audits
  • TaskDevelop action plans based on audit results
  • TaskAnalyze findings from 80% of completed audits
  • TaskImplement devised action plans systematically
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% on-time completion for all scheduled audits
  • TaskRegularly monitor audit progress and completion rates
  • TaskCreate a structured, detailed audit schedule
  • TaskAssign and communicate specific deadlines to auditors
  • Key ResultIdentify and deliver financial improvements in 2 or more audited areas
  • TaskAnalyze recent audit reports to identify areas of financial improvements
  • TaskDevelop feasible strategies to improve audited financial areas
  • TaskImplement and track the impact of the improvement strategies

OKRs to reduce overall IT expenditure per employee

  • ObjectiveReduce overall IT expenditure per employee
  • Key ResultDecrease hardware renewal cost by 20%
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate unnecessary hardware assets
  • TaskImplement preventative maintenance strategies on existing hardware
  • TaskNegotiate better contracts with hardware vendors
  • Key ResultImplement software use audits to identify 15% cost-saving opportunities
  • TaskIdentify key software used in organization operations
  • TaskAnalyze audit findings to identify cost-saving opportunities
  • TaskDevelop and implement a software auditing process
  • Key ResultAchieve a 10% reduction in IT service contractor expenses
  • TaskExplore cheaper alternatives or in-house solutions for IT services
  • TaskEvaluate current IT service contracts for potential cost-saving opportunities
  • TaskNegotify renegotiations or cancellations of costly contracts

OKRs to enhance company security standards to safeguard against potential threats

  • ObjectiveEnhance company security standards to safeguard against potential threats
  • Key ResultAchieve a 100% completion rate of all recommended security updates and patches
  • TaskConduct routine audits to ensure all devices and systems have the latest security patches
  • TaskProvide ongoing training and awareness programs to educate employees on the importance of installing security updates
  • TaskImplement an automated system to regularly scan and identify available security updates
  • TaskEstablish a policy for prompt installation and deployment of all identified security updates
  • Key ResultImplement a comprehensive training program on cybersecurity for all employees
  • TaskCreate an online platform to provide ongoing access to cybersecurity resources and learning materials
  • TaskSchedule regular training sessions to ensure all employees receive cybersecurity education
  • TaskAssign qualified trainers to deliver interactive and engaging cybersecurity training sessions
  • TaskDevelop a customized cybersecurity training curriculum tailored to different employee roles
  • Key ResultReduce the average response time to security incidents by 20%
  • TaskStreamline incident response workflows to remove unnecessary steps and improve efficiency
  • TaskDevelop a clear escalation process and ensure all stakeholders are aware and trained
  • TaskConduct regular simulations and exercises to enhance incident response readiness and identify areas for improvement
  • TaskImplement automated monitoring systems to identify and alert on security incidents promptly
  • Key ResultIncrease the frequency of security audits to at least once every quarter
  • TaskAssign specific personnel responsible for conducting security audits
  • TaskDevelop a standardized reporting format for security audit findings and recommendations
  • TaskImplement regular communication channels to track and monitor security audit progress
  • TaskReview and update security audit checklist to ensure comprehensive coverage

OKRs to enhance compliance and engagement through sales audit

  • ObjectiveEnhance compliance and engagement through sales audit
  • Key ResultIdentify and rectify at least 75% of recorded non-compliance issues by week 12
  • TaskDevise an effective strategy to rectify issues
  • TaskImplement the strategy before week 12
  • TaskReview all recorded non-compliance issues
  • Key ResultConduct and complete 100% sales audit for all departments by week 8
  • TaskEvaluate, compile and submit audit findings by week 8
  • TaskDetermine essential data points required for sales audit by week 2
  • TaskImplement a systematic sales audit process starting week 3
  • Key ResultIncrease staff engagement in compliance initiatives by 30% through training and communication
  • TaskImplement regular communication channels to discuss compliance matters
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive compliance training program for all staff members
  • TaskUtilize incentives to motivate staff participation in compliance initiatives

Best practices for managing your Audit Department 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 👇

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 Audit Department 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

We recommend using a spreadsheet for your first OKRs cycle. You'll need to get familiar with the scoring and tracking first. Then, you can scale your OKRs process by using a proper OKR-tracking tool for it.

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 Audit Department 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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