8 customisable OKR examples for Employee Retention

What are Employee Retention 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.

Writing good OKRs can be hard, especially if it's your first time doing it. You'll need to center the focus of your plans around outcomes instead of projects.

We understand that setting OKRs can be challenging, so we have prepared a set of examples tailored for Employee Retention. Take a peek at the templates below to find inspiration and kickstart your goal-setting process.

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

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Our customisable Employee Retention OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Employee Retention 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 boost employee retention across all departments

  • ObjectiveBoost employee retention across all departments
  • Key ResultImplement two new benefits or recognition programs based on employee feedback
  • TaskAnalyze survey results and design two new programs
  • TaskSurvey employees to gather feedback on potential benefits programs
  • TaskLaunch and communicate new programs to all employees
  • Key ResultIncrease participation in employee engagement activities by 15%
  • TaskImplement regular communication about upcoming engagement activities
  • TaskDevelop incentive programs to reward participation
  • TaskSimplify sign-up processes for engagement activities
  • Key ResultDecrease employee turnover rate by 10%
  • TaskImplement comprehensive employee training programs
  • TaskDevelop competitive benefits and compensation packages
  • TaskEstablish effective communication and feedback system

2. OKR to improve Employee Retention

  • ObjectiveImprove Employee Retention
  • Key ResultImplement a professional development program and have 80% of employees participate
  • TaskDesign and deliver engaging training sessions that align with employees' needs and goals
  • TaskEstablish a tracking system to monitor employees' participation and measure the program's effectiveness
  • TaskConduct a needs assessment to identify specific professional development opportunities
  • TaskCreate a structured mentorship program to support employees' professional growth and knowledge sharing
  • Key ResultConduct exit interviews with departing employees and identify recurring themes for improvement
  • TaskAsk open-ended questions to gather feedback on employee experience
  • TaskAnalyze data from exit interviews to identify common areas for improvement
  • TaskImplement strategies to address recurring themes and enhance employee satisfaction
  • TaskSchedule exit interviews for departing employees
  • Key ResultReduce voluntary employee turnover rate by 10% compared to the previous quarter
  • Key ResultIncrease employee satisfaction score by 15% through quarterly surveys
  • TaskAnalyze survey results to identify areas of improvement and develop action plans
  • TaskCommunicate survey findings and action plans to employees to ensure transparency
  • TaskImplement an anonymous and confidential survey to gather employee feedback
  • TaskRegularly track and evaluate progress towards the goal and adjust strategies accordingly

3. OKR to decrease direct funded vacancies under 2% of labor force

  • ObjectiveDecrease direct funded vacancies under 2% of labor force
  • Key ResultImplement a robust recruitment strategy that fills 70% of open positions
  • TaskIdentify key roles and skills needed for vacant positions
  • TaskEmploy diverse sourcing methods to attract potential candidates
  • TaskUtilize algorithm-based programs for efficient talent acquisition
  • Key ResultIncrease internal promotion processes by 30% to reduce vacancies
  • TaskAnalyze current promotion trends to identify potential improvements
  • TaskDevelop a skill-upgrading program for current employees
  • TaskImplement and monitor promotion performance scoring system
  • Key ResultLower employee attrition rate to 4% through enhancing retention programs
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive employee mentorship program
  • TaskCreate additional opportunities for career advancement
  • TaskEnhance benefits packages to increase employee satisfaction

4. OKR to reduce turnover rate through retention strategies

  • ObjectiveIncrease employee retention rate
  • Key ResultImplement a mentorship program for new employees
  • Key ResultHost monthly employee appreciation events
  • Key ResultConduct exit interviews and analyze feedback to improve retention efforts
  • Key ResultDevelop a career growth plan for each employee

5. OKR to enhance talent retention strategies

  • ObjectiveEnhance talent retention strategies
  • Key ResultImplement training programs to improve skills of at least 75% of the employees
  • TaskImplement and monitor said training programs
  • TaskDevelop appropriate training programs in those areas
  • TaskIdentify areas of skill deficiency among employees
  • Key ResultIncrease employee engagement scores by 15% through enhanced communication strategies
  • TaskIntroduce an open-door policy for improved cross-level communication
  • TaskConduct regular, structured feedback sessions to address employee concerns
  • TaskImplement weekly team meetings to discuss objectives and progress
  • Key ResultReduce staff turnover by 10% by implementing a comprehensive employee satisfaction program
  • TaskImplement feedback from satisfaction surveys
  • TaskDevelop an employee satisfaction program
  • TaskConduct regular employee satisfaction surveys

6. OKR to boost HR effectiveness in facilitating organization and people growth

  • ObjectiveBoost HR effectiveness in facilitating organization and people growth
  • Key ResultIncrease employee retention rate by 20%
  • TaskEnhance company benefits and compensation packages
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive employee development and training program
  • TaskIncrease regular feedback and recognition sessions
  • Key ResultDecrease average hiring process time by 15%
  • TaskEstablish a structured, efficient onboarding process
  • TaskStreamline interview scheduling with automated tools
  • TaskImplement standardised skill-based assessments
  • Key ResultUpgrade leadership development programs benefiting 30% of employees
  • TaskSource and hire professional development consultants
  • TaskConduct survey to identify areas for leadership program improvement
  • TaskImplement program changes based on consultant feedback

7. OKR to streamline the company's recruitment process

  • ObjectiveStreamline the company's recruitment process
  • Key ResultIncrease new hire retention rate by 10% through improved onboarding processes
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive and engaging employee onboarding program
  • TaskProvide mentorship opportunities for new employees
  • TaskImplement regular check-ins with new hires
  • Key ResultReduce hiring process time by 30% while maintaining quality of hires
  • TaskImplement an efficient applicant tracking system
  • TaskStreamline the interview and selection process
  • TaskConduct timely background and reference checks
  • Key ResultImplement a standardized interviewing system across all departments
  • TaskDevelop a standard interview protocol for all departments
  • TaskTrain hiring managers on the new interview system
  • TaskMonitor and adjust the system based on feedback

8. OKR to improve employee retention

  • ObjectiveIncrease Employee Retention
  • Key ResultReduce employee turnover rate by 8%
  • Key ResultIncrease employee satisfaction score by 10%
  • Key ResultIncrease employee referrals by 15%
  • Key ResultIncrease employee engagement by 25%

Best practices for managing your Employee Retention 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

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

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

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

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 Employee Retention 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 Employee Retention 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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