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5 OKR examples for Effective Communication

What are Effective Communication OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

Formulating strong OKRs can be a complex endeavor, particularly for first-timers. Prioritizing outcomes over projects is crucial when developing your plans.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Effective Communication to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

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

Our Effective Communication OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Effective Communication 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 strengthen communication effectiveness

  • ObjectiveStrengthen communication effectiveness
  • Key ResultImplement at least three new communication strategies learned from workshop
  • TaskDevelop a plan for incorporating new strategies into existing communication processes
  • TaskDeliver a presentation summarizing the new methods to the team
  • TaskBegin integrating learned strategies into daily communication and follow-up
  • Key ResultReceive positive feedback on communication from at least 80% of colleagues
  • TaskImplement feedback in daily interactions with colleagues
  • TaskRegularly seek constructive criticism on communication skills
  • TaskEnroll in communication development workshops
  • Key ResultAttend a professional development workshop on communication skills
  • TaskArrange necessary transportation and accommodation
  • TaskResearch and select a relevant communication skills workshop
  • TaskRegister for the chosen workshop

OKRs to enhance engagement and commitment via effective communication

  • ObjectiveEnhance engagement and commitment via effective communication
  • Key ResultIntroduce bi-weekly inter-departmental meetings with 95% attendance
  • TaskDesign an engaging and relevant meeting agenda
  • TaskDraft and distribute a meeting calendar to all departments
  • TaskImplement a strict, yet incentivizing attendance policy
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% increase in positive feedback on internal communication through anonymous surveys
  • TaskEnhance the anonymity of feedback surveys
  • TaskEncourage prompt and constructive feedback
  • TaskImplement weekly training for improving internal communication skills
  • Key ResultImprove internal communication by launching a company-wide newsletter reaching 100% of staff
  • TaskDetermine relevant content for the company-wide newsletter
  • TaskDesign the newsletter layout and format
  • TaskSet up a distribution system reaching all staff

OKRs to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of internal communications

  • ObjectiveEnhance efficiency and effectiveness of internal communications
  • Key ResultImplement a collaborative tool to reduce email communication by 50%
  • TaskIdentify suitable collaborative tools for team communication
  • TaskMonitor and measure reduction in email usage
  • TaskTrain team on the usage of the selected tool
  • Key ResultAchieve a 25% increase in staff participation in internal communications feedback surveys
  • TaskImplement staff incentives for survey participation
  • TaskRegularly promote surveys through company-wide communications
  • TaskDevelop engaging, concise surveys for easier completion
  • Key ResultDevelop an internal communications strategy and get approval from all department heads
  • TaskSchedule meetings with department heads for feedback
  • TaskRevise and finalize strategy based on received approval
  • TaskDraft an initial internal communications strategy proposal

OKRs to enhance effective communication through counseling

  • ObjectiveEnhance effective communication through counseling
  • Key ResultConduct 10 counseling sessions focused on improving communication skills
  • TaskIdentify ten individuals requiring communication skill enhancement
  • TaskDesign a communication skills improvement curriculum
  • TaskSchedule and conduct 10 counseling sessions
  • Key ResultIncrease client's communication efficiency by 30% as measured by standard tests
  • TaskImplement streamlined communication platforms for client usage
  • TaskTrain clients on effective communication strategies
  • TaskMonitor and assess client's communication improvement
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% client satisfaction rates on communication improvement
  • TaskConduct regular client communication training for employees
  • TaskEstablish a process for collecting client feedback regularly
  • TaskImplement weekly touch-point meetings with clients

OKRs to improve software development team leadership effectiveness

  • ObjectiveImprove software development team leadership effectiveness
  • Key ResultImprove team efficiency by implementing agile practices and metrics to track progress
  • TaskConduct training on Agile practices and ensure all team members understand the principles
  • TaskImplement regular stand-up meetings to enhance communication, identify obstacles, and resolve them promptly
  • TaskUtilize Agile metrics like velocity and burndown charts to track progress and optimize productivity
  • TaskEstablish clear goals and prioritize tasks using Agile frameworks like Scrum or Kanban
  • Key ResultFoster effective communication and collaboration within the team to drive successful project delivery
  • TaskPromote cross-functional collaboration by assigning individuals from different departments to work together
  • TaskUtilize project management tools and software to streamline communication and document sharing
  • TaskImplement regular team meetings to discuss project updates, challenges, and opportunities
  • TaskEncourage open and honest communication to foster a collaborative and trusting environment
  • Key ResultIncrease team satisfaction and engagement through regular feedback and recognition
  • Key ResultEnhance technical skills by facilitating ongoing training programs and knowledge sharing sessions

Best practices for managing your Effective Communication 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 below). 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.

Building your own Effective Communication OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your Effective Communication OKRs

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full benefits from the 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

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

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 Effective Communication 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.