4 customisable OKR examples for Financial Statement Preparation

What are Financial Statement Preparation 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 Statement Preparation 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 Statement Preparation OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Financial Statement Preparation 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 to Increase productivity in financial statement preparation process

  • ObjectiveTo Increase productivity in financial statement preparation process
  • Key ResultStreamline communication process to decrease feedback acquisition from 10 days to 5 days
  • TaskImplement a unified communication platform for quicker feedback receipt
  • TaskEstablish regular short stand-up meetings for rapid updates
  • TaskSet clear expectations about response times with team members
  • Key ResultReduce time taken to compile financial data by 25%
  • TaskImplement automated data compilation software
  • TaskProvide staff training on efficient data management
  • TaskRegularly review and streamline finance processes
  • Key ResultImplement a new accounting software to minimize manual errors by 50%
  • TaskConduct staff training on new software use
  • TaskIdentify and purchase appropriate accounting software
  • TaskDefine requirement specifications for new accounting software

2. OKR to achieve 100% productivity in financial statement preparation

  • ObjectiveAchieve 100% productivity in financial statement preparation
  • Key ResultIncrease financial statement preparation speed by 20% without errors
  • TaskImplement automated accounting software for faster data processing
  • TaskStreamline and simplify the financial reporting process
  • TaskConduct regular training on accurate and quick data entry
  • Key ResultImplement an effective workflow to process all financial reports within schedule
  • TaskImplement regular check-ins to monitor progress
  • TaskEstablish clear deadlines for all financial report processes
  • TaskAssign specific tasks to designated team members
  • Key ResultAttain absolute accuracy in 95% of prepared financial statements, as assessed by audits
  • TaskEstablish comprehensive training for finance team
  • TaskImplement strict quality control in financial reporting
  • TaskConduct regular internal audits for immediate correction

3. 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

4. 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

Best practices for managing your Financial Statement Preparation 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 Statement Preparation 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

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 Financial Statement Preparation 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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