5 customisable OKR examples for Internal Audit

What are Internal Audit 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.

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 Internal Audit 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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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 Internal Audit OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Internal Audit. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to enhance internal controls for a zero-deficiency internal audit

  • ObjectiveEnhance internal controls for a zero-deficiency internal audit
  • Key ResultTrain all relevant personnel on the updated internal control processes
  • TaskIdentify personnel requiring updated controls training
  • TaskSchedule training sessions for identified personnel
  • TaskConduct evaluation post-training for effectiveness
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass the internal audit with zero major findings
  • TaskConduct pre-audit checks to identify potential issues
  • TaskRegularly review and update company policies and procedures
  • TaskTrain staff on audit procedures and expectations
  • Key ResultImplement 100% of internal control recommendations from the previous audit
  • TaskReview past audit's internal control recommendations
  • TaskCreate an implementation plan for all recommendations
  • TaskCarry out the implementation plan effectively

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 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

4. OKR to ensure precision in financial statement generation

  • ObjectiveEnsure precision in financial statement generation
  • Key ResultExtend internal audit process to cover all financial transactions by 15%
  • TaskImplement extra training for thorough audits
  • TaskAdd 15% more transactions to audit checklist
  • TaskIncrease audit team size for additional oversight
  • Key ResultTrain accounting team on latest financial standards to enhance compliance by 20%
  • TaskIdentify key updates in recent financial standards
  • TaskConduct interactive training sessions for accounting team
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive training materials
  • Key ResultImplement innovative accounting software to reduce errors by 30%
  • TaskResearch and identify innovative accounting software options
  • TaskPurchase and install chosen accounting software
  • TaskTrain staff in using the new software

5. 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 Internal Audit 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 Internal Audit 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 Internal Audit 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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