15 customisable OKR examples for HR

What are HR 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.

How you write your OKRs can make a huge difference on the impact that your team will have at the end of the quarter. But, it's not always easy to write a quarterly plan that focuses on outcomes instead of projects.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for HR 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.

Building your own HR OKRs with AI

While we have some examples available, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. You can use our free AI generator below or our more complete goal-setting system to generate your own OKRs.

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Our customisable HR OKRs examples

We've added many examples of HR 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 streamline and optimize our HR data process

  • ObjectiveStreamline and optimize our HR data process
  • Key ResultTrain 100% of HR team on new data processing procedures and software
  • TaskIdentify suitable training courses for new data processing software
  • TaskMonitor and verify team members' training progress
  • TaskSchedule training sessions for all HR team members
  • Key ResultDecrease time spent on HR data processing by 25%
  • TaskImplement efficient HR automation software
  • TaskStreamline and simplify the data entry process
  • TaskConduct training on effective data management
  • Key ResultImplement a centralized HR data management system by increasing efficiency by 30%
  • TaskIdentify and purchase a suitable centralized HR data management system
  • TaskTrain HR staff to properly utilize and manage the system
  • TaskMonitor and adjust operations to achieve 30% increased efficiency

2. OKR to streamline and optimize the HR data process

  • ObjectiveStreamline and optimize the HR data process
  • Key ResultReduce HR data errors by 50%
  • TaskRegularly review and verify recorded HR data
  • TaskImplement automated data entry and validation systems
  • TaskTrain HR staff in accurate data handling practices
  • Key ResultImplement a new HR data management system with 100% employee training completion
  • TaskInitiate company-wide training on the new system
  • TaskMonitor and confirm 100% training completion
  • TaskEstablish a timeline for the HR data management system implementation
  • Key ResultIncrease HR data processing speed by 30%
  • TaskUpgrade to a more efficient HR software system
  • TaskTrain HR staff on efficient data processing techniques
  • TaskAutomate repetitive data entry tasks

3. OKR to streamline HR processes through automation

  • ObjectiveStreamline HR processes through automation
  • Key ResultReduce turnaround time for HR tasks by implementing automated workflow systems
  • TaskResearch and select an appropriate automated workflow system for HR tasks
  • TaskTrain HR team to utilize new automated workflow systems
  • TaskTrack and measure task turn-around time improvements
  • Key ResultIncrease employee self-service options to improve efficiency and user experience
  • TaskDevelop tutorial materials for navigating self-service options
  • TaskConduct periodic user experience surveys to gather feedback
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive digital HR platform for employee inquiries
  • Key ResultImplement automated onboarding system to reduce manual data entry
  • TaskPurchase and install chosen onboarding software
  • TaskTrain staff on system functionality and utilization
  • TaskResearch best automated onboarding systems on market

4. OKR to enhance HR capabilities in conducting technical interviews

  • ObjectiveEnhance HR capabilities in conducting technical interviews
  • Key ResultIncrease HR team's interview-to-offer ratio to 60% by end of next quarter
  • TaskImplement a thorough screening process before scheduling interviews
  • TaskOrganize structured interview training for HR team
  • TaskReview and improve job descriptions for clarity
  • Key ResultProvide training to HR team on 10 technical concepts per month
  • TaskIdentify essential technical concepts for HR team
  • TaskSchedule regular training sessions for HR team
  • TaskDevelop engaging training materials for these concepts
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement a standardized technical interview process by week 6
  • TaskIdentify core competencies needed for technical roles
  • TaskCreate a standardized interview structure
  • TaskTrain interviewers on the new process

5. OKR to implement AI Tools to Enhance HR Operations

  • ObjectiveImplement AI Tools to Enhance HR Operations
  • Key ResultIdentify and select suitable AI software for HR within one week
  • TaskSelect and implement top-rated AI software for HR
  • TaskCompare software based on features, price, and reviews
  • TaskResearch AI software options tailored for HR
  • Key ResultAchieve 30% efficiency improvement in HR processes using AI by the end of quarter
  • TaskImplement AI-driven automation in key HR processes
  • TaskEvaluate and adjust AI integration for optimal efficiency
  • TaskTrain HR staff on AI system utilization
  • Key ResultTrain HR team on the chosen AI tool to ensure 90% proficiency
  • TaskSchedule a comprehensive training session with an AI tool expert
  • TaskOrganize proficiency tests post-training to measure skills acquisition
  • TaskProvide team members with AI tool user manuals for self study

6. OKR to improve overall HR efficiency and employee satisfaction

  • ObjectiveImprove overall HR efficiency and employee satisfaction
  • Key ResultReduce time-to-hire by 20%
  • TaskImplement streamlined, efficient hiring processes
  • TaskDevelop and provide virtual interview capabilities
  • TaskUtilize AI for initial candidate screening
  • Key ResultIncrease employee engagement survey scores by 15%
  • TaskEnhance internal communication about company goals and progress
  • TaskRecognize and reward employee achievements regularly
  • TaskImplement a team-building program to strengthen employee relationships
  • Key ResultImplement at least two new employee well-being initiatives
  • TaskDevelop and launch the chosen initiatives
  • TaskResearch different types of employee well-being initiatives
  • TaskSelect two initiatives that will best support our team

7. OKR to develop comprehensive RFP questions for payroll and HR solutions

  • ObjectiveDevelop comprehensive RFP questions for payroll and HR solutions
  • Key ResultFormulate 15 insightful RFP questions about necessary HR solution features by week 6
  • TaskIdentify key HR solution features needed in the company
  • TaskDraft 15 well-crafted RFP questions
  • TaskResearch exemplary RFP questions related to HR solutions
  • Key ResultReceive positive feedback on RFP questions from at least three industry experts by week 8
  • TaskDraft RFP questions by week 2
  • TaskSolicit and incorporate feedback by week 7
  • TaskIdentify and contact three industry experts by week 4
  • Key ResultCraft 20 detailed RFP questions that cover essential payroll functionalities by week 4
  • TaskReview pertinent payroll functionalities for comprehensive understanding
  • TaskDraft a list of 20 detailed questions
  • TaskReview and refine questions by week 4

8. OKR to drive company transformation through HR technology and leadership model redesign

  • ObjectiveDrive company transformation through HR technology and leadership model redesign
  • Key ResultTrain 95% of staff on the new HR tech systems by end of quarter
  • TaskSchedule HR tech systems training sessions for all staff members
  • TaskProvide additional training for those who missed initial sessions
  • TaskMonitor and record participation in training sessions
  • Key ResultDeploy new HR technology systems to 100% of departments
  • TaskSelect and procure new HR technology systems
  • TaskImplement and test new systems across all departments
  • TaskIdentify current HR technology systems in all departments
  • Key ResultDesign and implement a new leadership model in at least 3 departments
  • TaskIdentify key qualities for the new leadership model
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate implemented changes
  • TaskTrain department heads in this model

9. OKR to optimize payroll process for efficiency

  • ObjectiveOptimize payroll process for efficiency
  • Key ResultReduce manual payroll processes by 40% to minimize human error
  • TaskImplement automated payroll software system in the company
  • TaskTrain HR employees on using the new software
  • TaskMonitor and adjust software for efficiency
  • Key ResultIncrease payroll automation by 50% for enhanced productivity
  • TaskEvaluate and adjust operations for continuous improvement
  • TaskTrain staff members on new automated payroll systems
  • TaskResearch and select advanced payroll automation software
  • Key ResultAchieve 30% reduction in payroll processing time by improving workflow
  • TaskImplementing automated payroll software or system
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate redundant payroll processing steps
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient payroll processing procedures

10. OKR to improve employee development and training programs

  • ObjectiveEnhance employee skillset and productivity
  • Key ResultImplement personalized development plans for each employee
  • Key ResultGenerate a 15% increase in overall productivity after training
  • Key ResultAchieve a 90% employee satisfaction rate for training and development
  • Key ResultIncrease participation rate in training sessions by 20%

11. OKR to improve employee engagement by increasing satisfaction by 10%

  • ObjectiveBoost employee engagement satisfaction
  • Key ResultConduct pulse surveys and achieve a response rate of 80%
  • Key ResultHost monthly team-building activities with 75% participation rate
  • Key ResultIncrease quarterly recognition awards by 20%
  • Key ResultIdentify top 3 areas for improvement through survey results and implement action plans

12. OKR to improve indirect purchasing to support HR's talent strategies

  • ObjectiveImprove indirect purchasing to support HR's talent strategies
  • Key ResultNegotiate 10% cost reduction in vendor contracts for HR tools and services
  • TaskDevelop a negotiation strategy focusing on cost reduction
  • TaskIdentify key vendors and analyze existing contracts for negotiation leverage
  • TaskOrganize meetings with vendors to discuss contract renegotiations
  • Key ResultEstablish long-term partnerships with 3 quality talent sourcing agencies
  • TaskSchedule meetings to discuss partnership opportunities
  • TaskResearch and identify potential talent sourcing agencies
  • TaskNegotiate and finalize the agreements
  • Key ResultImplement benefits package appealing to 85% of potential talents by surveying industry standards
  • TaskConduct a survey of industry standards for benefits packages
  • TaskAnalyze survey results to identify popular benefits
  • TaskDesign benefits package based on analyzed data

13. OKR to boost comprehension in compensation sector via webinar and seminar attendance

  • ObjectiveBoost comprehension in compensation sector via webinar and seminar attendance
  • Key ResultApply learnt compensation strategies in two practical projects or simulations
  • Key ResultAttend a minimum of two compensation-related webinars per month
  • TaskRegister for at least two webinars every month
  • TaskAttend and actively participate in the webinars
  • TaskResearch and find relevant compensation-related webinars to attend
  • Key ResultParticipate in at least one compensation-focused seminar or conference
  • TaskAttend and engage actively at the event
  • TaskResearch upcoming compensation-focused seminars or conferences
  • TaskRegister for a chosen seminar or conference

14. OKR to establish a high-performing IT team

  • ObjectiveEstablish a high-performing IT team
  • Key ResultAchieve 90% team satisfaction rate through team-building activities and growth opportunities
  • TaskCreate and offer regular professional development opportunities
  • TaskConduct monthly team satisfaction surveys and feedback sessions
  • TaskImplement weekly team-building exercises and workshops
  • Key ResultRecruit and onboard 5 IT professionals with diverse expertise
  • TaskDevelop an effective onboarding process
  • TaskLaunch a targeted recruitment campaign
  • TaskIdentify 5 diverse IT roles needed in the company
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement an IT team onboarding program for swift integration
  • TaskDesign comprehensive IT team training materials
  • TaskImplement onboarding process in the HR system
  • TaskIdentify essential skills needed for the IT team

15. OKR to implement effective talent acquisition strategies

  • ObjectiveStrengthen talent acquisition process
  • Key ResultImplement at least 2 new sourcing channels
  • Key ResultReduce time-to-hire by 15%
  • Key ResultIncrease candidate pool diversity by 20%
  • Key ResultImprove candidate satisfaction score by 10 points

Best practices for managing your HR 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 HR OKRs

The rules of OKRs are simple. Quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly, and yearly OKRs should be tracked monthly. 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 HR 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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