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9 OKR examples for Performance Improvement

What are Performance Improvement 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 have a collection of OKRs examples for Performance Improvement to give you some inspiration. You can use any of the templates below as a starting point for your OKRs.

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

Our Performance Improvement OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Performance Improvement 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!

OKRs to improve quarterly performance through consistent check-ins with manager

  • ObjectiveImprove quarterly performance through consistent check-ins with manager
  • Key ResultImplement suggestions from manager to enhance performance
  • TaskReview manager's suggestions carefully and clarify any doubts or queries
  • TaskOutline a concrete plan to apply suggested modifications structurally
  • TaskDaily monitor, measure and evaluate progress towards goals
  • Key ResultReview progress towards goals and receive feedback during meetings
  • TaskPrepare reports detailing goal progression
  • TaskSchedule regular meetings for progress reviews
  • TaskAsk for feedback during these meetings
  • Key ResultSchedule quarterly meeting with performance manager
  • TaskIdentify schedules that align between you and your performance manager
  • TaskDraft an email proposing the meeting time and agenda
  • TaskSend the email and confirm the meeting date

OKRs to improve communication by ensuring quarterly check-in with performance manager

  • ObjectiveImprove communication by ensuring quarterly check-in with performance manager
  • Key ResultImplement action plan based on feedback received from performance manager
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive action plan addressing the concerns highlighted
  • TaskReview feedback received from performance manager thoroughly
  • TaskBegin implementation of formulated action plan immediately
  • Key ResultDiscuss performance goals and feedback during check-in meeting
  • TaskReview previous performance goals before the check-in meeting
  • TaskPrepare constructive and specific feedback points
  • TaskSchedule a check-in meeting to discuss performance goals
  • Key ResultSchedule and attend quarterly check-in meeting with performance manager
  • TaskDetermine a suitable date and time for the check-in meeting
  • TaskSend meeting invite to performance manager
  • TaskAttend the scheduled check-in meeting

OKRs to enhance performance in the top two targeted areas for improvement

  • ObjectiveEnhance performance in the top two targeted areas for improvement
  • Key ResultBuild detailed strategy plans addressing identified improvements by week 4
  • TaskDevelop a detailed strategy plan in week two
  • TaskFinalize and implement improvement plans by week four
  • TaskIdentify areas needing improvement in the first week
  • Key ResultImplement created action plans and achieve 20% improvement by week 10
  • TaskMonitor progress and adjust approaches to ensure 20% improvement
  • TaskReview and understand the details of the created action plans
  • TaskStart implementing strategies from the action plans
  • Key ResultIdentify improvement needs through comprehensive analysis by week 2
  • TaskConduct surveys to gather employee feedback on improvement needs
  • TaskReview latest reports for performance-based improvement areas
  • TaskAnalyze customer feedback to identify required enhancements

OKRs to successfully complete the GPU component

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully complete the GPU component
  • Key ResultReduce the number of performance issues found during testing by 50%
  • TaskIntegrate automated testing in the development process
  • TaskImplement thorough code reviews before initiating tests
  • TaskIncrease training sessions on effective coding practices
  • Key ResultQuality review passed in all 3 stages of the GPU component lifecycle
  • TaskUpdate GPU component lifecycle quality control procedures
  • TaskDiscuss the successful review outcome with the team
  • TaskDocument all observations during GPU component lifecycle stages
  • Key ResultAchieve 80% project milestone completions on GPU component development by the period end
  • TaskAssign experienced team for GPU component development
  • TaskRegularly track and review progress of project completion
  • TaskPrioritize daily tasks towards the project's milestones

OKRs to equip departments with OKR skills

  • ObjectiveEquip departments with OKR skills
  • Key ResultMeasure and track departments' progress in using OKRs to improve performance
  • TaskImplement a system for departments to input and update their OKRs regularly
  • TaskConduct regular reviews to identify areas where departments can improve their usage of OKRs
  • TaskEstablish a platform or tool to track and visualize departments' progress and performance with OKRs
  • TaskDevelop a standardized framework for evaluating departmental performance based on OKR achievement
  • Key ResultConduct OKR training sessions for all departments
  • Key ResultAssess departments' understanding and application of OKRs through a written test
  • Key ResultProvide ongoing coaching and support to departments in implementing OKRs
  • TaskDevelop and provide resources, such as training materials and best practice examples
  • TaskConduct workshops or webinars to address implementation challenges and provide additional coaching
  • TaskSchedule regular check-ins with department heads to review progress and offer guidance
  • TaskEstablish an open communication channel for departments to seek guidance and share updates

OKRs to successfully complete a marathon

  • ObjectiveSuccessfully complete a marathon
  • Key ResultComplete three half-marathons under 2 hours each
  • TaskSign up for three half-marathons
  • TaskDaily train for speed and endurance
  • TaskFollow a strict running diet
  • Key ResultImprove average mile time by 15% over the quarter
  • TaskIncrease daily running distance gradually by 1-2 miles
  • TaskDedicate two days a week to strength training
  • TaskIncorporate interval training into workouts twice a week
  • Key ResultIncrease long-distance runs to 30 miles per week, sustain for 4 weeks
  • TaskMaintain a consistent 30-mile weekly running routine
  • TaskIncrement weekly mileage by 10% until reaching 30 miles
  • TaskTrack progress to ensure 4-week sustainability

OKRs to improve utilization rate of employees and resources

  • ObjectiveImprove utilization rate of employees and resources
  • Key ResultEnhance employee productivity by 20% via targeted skill training
  • TaskDesign and implement targeted training programs
  • TaskIdentify key skills required for each employee role
  • TaskEvaluate individual progress after skill training
  • Key ResultDecrease resource idle time by 10% using improved allocation strategies
  • TaskImplement dynamic resource allocation software
  • TaskIdentify and analyze current resource utilization patterns
  • TaskFoster training programs about effective resource management
  • Key ResultBoost the resources usage efficiency by 15% through process optimization
  • TaskImplement technological enhancements for improved workflow
  • TaskUndertake comprehensive process audit for identifying inefficiencies
  • TaskRegularly track and analyze progress towards efficiency goals

OKRs to improve sales performance across all product lines

  • ObjectiveImprove sales performance across all product lines
  • Key ResultRaise customer retention rate by 15%
  • TaskImprove customer support and response time
  • TaskImplement loyalty programs and reward frequent customers
  • TaskCollect feedback to understand and solve customer problems
  • Key ResultAchieve a 25% increase in overall unit sales
  • TaskEnhance distribution channels to broaden product accessibility
  • TaskImplement a marketing campaign to raise product awareness and demand
  • TaskOffer customer incentives like discounts or loyalty programs
  • Key ResultBoost the average purchase value by 10% per customer
  • TaskIntroduce premium versions or add-ons of popular products
  • TaskImplement strategic up-selling and cross-selling techniques
  • TaskOffer discounts or incentives for bulk purchases

OKRs to enhance sales team performance to achieve set KPIs

  • ObjectiveEnhance sales team performance to achieve set KPIs
  • Key ResultAchieve a sales lead conversion rate of 25%
  • TaskImplement effective follow-up strategies
  • TaskIdentify and target high-quality potential leads
  • TaskEnhance sales pitch and presentation skills
  • Key ResultReduce customer complaints by 20%
  • TaskUpdate policies to better meet customer needs
  • TaskImplement customer feedback system for service improvement
  • TaskConduct regular staff training for excellent customer service
  • Key ResultIncrease sales revenue by 15% compared to previous quarter
  • TaskDevelop and implement more aggressive marketing strategies
  • TaskImprove product line-up based on consumer feedback
  • TaskHire additional sales representatives and provide training

Best practices for managing your Performance Improvement 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 below). 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.

Building your own Performance Improvement OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your Performance Improvement 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

We recommend using a spreadsheet for your first OKRs cycle. You'll need to get familiar with the scoring and tracking first. Then, you can scale your OKRs process by using a proper OKR-tracking tool for it.

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 Performance Improvement 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.