8 customisable OKR examples for Financial Reporting

What are Financial Reporting 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.

Crafting effective OKRs can be challenging, particularly for beginners. Emphasizing outcomes rather than projects should be the core of your planning.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Financial Reporting 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.

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Our customisable Financial Reporting OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Financial Reporting Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to improve accuracy of financial statement reporting

  • ObjectiveImprove accuracy of financial statement reporting
  • Key ResultTrain staff on new financial reporting procedures to ensure 95% compliance
  • TaskDevelop a detailed training program for new financial procedures
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate staff compliance regularly
  • TaskImplement regular training sessions for all staff members
  • Key ResultImplement a comprehensive audit process to decrease reporting errors by 30%
  • TaskTrain staff on proper reporting and audit procedures
  • TaskInstall auditing software to automatically detect errors
  • TaskEstablish a defined auditing protocol involving routine checks
  • Key ResultImprove data management systems to reduce data-entry errors by 40%
  • TaskTrain staff on proper data-entry techniques
  • TaskUpgrade data-entry software for better accuracy
  • TaskImplement comprehensive data validation checks

2. OKR to prepare a perfect and precise financial statement

  • ObjectivePrepare a perfect and precise financial statement
  • Key ResultImplement a double-verification system for transaction recording by the end of the quarter
  • TaskIdentify suitable double-verification technology options
  • TaskRoll out double-verification system
  • TaskDevelop implementation and training plan
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% on-time internal financial reporting with no errors for three consecutive months
  • TaskAutomate reports using reliable financial software
  • TaskTrain staff on accurate and timely data input
  • TaskImplement a rigorous financial data review process
  • Key ResultEnsure 0% discrepancies in monthly intra-department financial audits throughout the quarter
  • TaskImplement stringent checks on each financial transaction
  • TaskRegularly review internal audit processes
  • TaskProvide comprehensive training on accurate reporting

3. OKR to boost the success rate in timely financial statement reporting

  • ObjectiveBoost the success rate in timely financial statement reporting
  • Key ResultIncrease efficiency in data compilation by 30%
  • TaskEstablish clear data standardization procedures
  • TaskImplement advanced data compilation software
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient data compilation methods
  • Key ResultImprove report review and sign-off process by 15%
  • TaskConduct regular training on efficient report-writing techniques
  • TaskEstablish clear deadlines for report review and sign-off
  • TaskImplement a streamlined software for quicker report creation and review
  • Key ResultCut down report preparation errors by 20%
  • TaskEstablish a multi-level report review process
  • TaskImplement a standardized report preparation checklist
  • TaskProvide regular training on report writing accuracy

4. OKR to achieve 90% accuracy in financial statement preparation

  • ObjectiveAchieve 90% accuracy in financial statement preparation
  • Key ResultReduce errors in trial balances by 20% to ensure accurate financial reports
  • TaskImplement double-entry bookkeeping for accurate records
  • TaskReview trial balances weekly for discrepancies
  • TaskTrain staff in reconciliation techniques annually
  • Key ResultSuccessfully incorporate feedback from 2 financial audits to improve reporting accuracy
  • TaskReview the feedback received from both financial audits
  • TaskDetermine needed changes and improvements in reporting
  • TaskImplement changes and check their effectiveness regularly
  • Key ResultComplete a specialized course on financial statements and pass with at least 85% score
  • TaskTake the final course exam, aiming for 85% or higher
  • TaskConsistently study to grasp course content thoroughly
  • TaskResearch and enroll in a reputable financial statements course

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

  • ObjectiveEnhance the architecture of accounting, financial, and tax processes
  • Key ResultAchieve at least a 15% increased in efficacy in financial reporting
  • TaskProvide thorough training for staff on financial reporting
  • TaskStandardize reporting templates and process
  • TaskImplement advanced financial management software
  • Key ResultImplement a new, streamlined accounting system capable of reducing process time by 30%
  • TaskTrain staff on the new accounting system
  • TaskIdentify inefficiencies in the current accounting system
  • TaskProcure or design a streamlined accounting software
  • Key ResultSuccessfully complete 100% of financial and tax process updates without disrupting business operations
  • TaskTest updates during low-impact business hours
  • TaskRegularly review existing financial and tax processes
  • TaskDevelop and implement necessary process updates

6. OKR to enhance competency in preparing financial statements

  • ObjectiveEnhance competency in preparing financial statements
  • Key ResultPrepare and review three sample financial statements error-free
  • TaskPrepare three sample financial statements
  • TaskVerify and proofread statements for errors
  • TaskCollect necessary financial data and records
  • Key ResultObtain feedback from a seasoned financial analyst on the prepared statements
  • TaskShare prepared statements with chosen analyst
  • TaskRequest review and feedback on those statements
  • TaskIdentify experienced financial analyst in the field
  • Key ResultComplete a comprehensive financial statements preparation course with 90% score
  • TaskRegister for a financial statement preparation course
  • TaskAttempt examinations, aiming for a 90% score
  • TaskDiligently study course materials weekly

7. OKR to augment efficiency and precision of treasury operations

  • ObjectiveAugment efficiency and precision of treasury operations
  • Key ResultIncrease returns on idle cash by 15%
  • TaskTransfer idle cash into higher yield savings account
  • TaskReview current interest rates and compare with alternative investment options
  • TaskInvest in profitable, low-risk financial instruments
  • Key ResultReduce treasury related financial reporting errors by 20%
  • TaskEstablish stringent review and approval processes for financial reports
  • TaskImplement automated treasury management software with accurate reporting features
  • TaskConduct regular training on financial reporting procedures for treasury staff
  • Key ResultImplement a new cash management system to reduce manual input by 30%
  • TaskResearch and select an automated cash management solution
  • TaskIdentify inefficiencies and errors in current cash management system
  • TaskTrain staff in utilization of the new system

8. OKR to complete the Financial Statement promptly

  • ObjectiveComplete the Financial Statement promptly
  • Key ResultStreamline the auditing and approval process by 15%
  • TaskImplement automated systems to expedite the auditing process
  • TaskReduce approval stages and unnecessary checks
  • TaskTrain staff to increase proficiency in audit procedures
  • Key ResultReduce errors in financial reporting by 20%
  • TaskProvide ongoing accounting training for staff
  • TaskImplement stricter internal audit protocols
  • TaskInvest in automated financial reporting software
  • Key ResultIncrease efficiency in data collection and processing by 30%
  • TaskStreamline data validation and consolidation processes
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient data management strategies
  • TaskImplement automated systems for data collection and processing

Best practices for managing your Financial Reporting 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 Financial Reporting 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 Financial Reporting 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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