15 customisable OKR examples for Talent

What are Talent 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.

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 Talent 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.

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Our customisable Talent OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Talent 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 optimize vendor management for talent acquisition

  • ObjectiveOptimize vendor management for talent acquisition
  • Key ResultImplement a standardized assessment system for all vendors
  • TaskDevelop criteria for a standardized vendor assessment system
  • TaskTrain team members on the new assessment process
  • TaskDeploy the newly standardized assessment system with all vendors
  • Key ResultReduce hiring time by 15% by streamlining vendor processes
  • TaskImplement streamlined software for more efficient vendor communication
  • TaskRegularly evaluate and update vendor process checkpoints
  • TaskIncorporate automatic tracking for vendors' performance
  • Key ResultIncrease vendor success rate by 20% through performance tracking and feedback
  • TaskSet measurable, achievable performance goals for vendors
  • TaskRegularly provide constructive feedback to vendors
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive performance tracking system for all vendors

2. OKR to implement a comprehensive talent pool database through strategic mapping

  • ObjectiveImplement a comprehensive talent pool database through strategic mapping
  • Key ResultDevelop and apply an external competency mapping framework to identify talent by week 6
  • Key ResultSuccessfully complete database creation with at least 500 identified talents by week 12
  • TaskInput all talent data into the database by week 12
  • TaskEstablish the database structure by week 10
  • TaskIdentify and document 500 individual talents by week 9
  • Key ResultFinalize an exhaustive list of companies for mapping by week 2
  • TaskResearch potential companies for the mapping project
  • TaskNarrow down list to relevant companies
  • TaskFinalize list by end of week 2

3. OKR to streamline vendor coordination for efficient talent acquisition

  • ObjectiveStreamline vendor coordination for efficient talent acquisition
  • Key ResultRaise vendor performance satisfaction by 30% as measured through quarterly survey
  • TaskIncrease training programs for vendor management
  • TaskImprove communication frequency with vendors
  • TaskImplement regular vendor performance reviews
  • Key ResultReduce vendor response time by 20% to expedite recruitment process
  • TaskProvide vendors with specific response deadlines
  • TaskImplement a streamlined communication system with vendors
  • TaskRegularly review and optimize vendor processes
  • Key ResultPlug in process gaps to improve vendor coordination, reducing errors by 15%
  • TaskRegularly evaluate implemented solutions for efficacy
  • TaskImplement solutions to the identified process gaps
  • TaskIdentify recurring issues in current vendor coordination process

4. 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

5. 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

6. OKR to improve talent acquisition

  • ObjectiveIncrease the quality of talent acquisition
  • Key ResultReduce the time to hire (measured in days) by 20%
  • TaskImplement a more efficient screening process.
  • TaskCreate an online application system.
  • TaskStreamline the interview process.
  • TaskAutomate onboarding and paperwork.
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of qualified applicants by 30%
  • TaskReach out to potential candidates via LinkedIn.
  • TaskCreate an attractive job posting.
  • TaskAdvertise the job opening in multiple online channels.
  • TaskHost a career fair to increase visibility.
  • Key ResultIncrease the diversity of hires (measured by gender, ethnicity and nationality) by 15%
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive diversity and inclusion policy.
  • TaskCreate a targeted recruitment campaign to attract diverse candidates.
  • TaskIncrease the presence of the company in diverse job fairs.
  • TaskImplement an effective onboarding process for new hires.
  • Key ResultIncrease the quality of hires (measured by hire performance ratings) by 10%
  • TaskTrack and review performance ratings for current hires.
  • TaskImplement a structured onboarding process.
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive assessment process for potential hires.
  • TaskCreate a job description that accurately reflects the position requirements.

7. OKR to reinstate Intel's victorious culture and unify its talent pool

  • ObjectiveReinstate Intel's victorious culture and unify its talent pool
  • Key ResultImplement a quarterly team-building activity to foster unity among 95% of employees
  • TaskIdentify various team-building activities suitable for all employees
  • TaskMonitor employee participation, aiming for 95% involvement
  • TaskEstablish a scheduling and communication plan for activities
  • Key ResultIncrease talent retention rate to 90% through effective incentive programs
  • TaskImplement annual employee feedback surveys
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive incentive program to reward employee performance
  • TaskProvide regular career development opportunities
  • Key ResultAchieve a 10% increase in internal promotion rate, strengthening our talent base
  • TaskCreate opportunities for internal growth and advancement
  • TaskImplement training programs to enrich employee skills and performance
  • TaskRegularly review and adjust promotion criteria

8. OKR to scale the team by hiring and onboarding key talent to support business expansion

  • ObjectiveExpand the business by scaling the team with quality personnel
  • Key ResultHire and onboard 3 experienced sales executives
  • Key ResultEnhance team diversity by 20% via targeted recruitment strategy
  • Key ResultReduce time-to-fill open positions by 50% through process improvement
  • Key ResultRecruit and integrate 2 seasoned marketing specialists

9. OKR to boost talent retention

  • ObjectiveIncrease Employee Retention
  • Key ResultCreate an employee recognition program
  • TaskSelect a method of recognizing employees who meet the criteria.
  • TaskSet goals and criteria for employee recognition.
  • TaskIdentify a reward system for employees who meet the criteria.
  • TaskCreate a system for tracking employee recognition.
  • Key ResultIncrease employee retention rate by 15%
  • TaskCreate an engaging work environment.
  • TaskDevelop a competitive benefits package.
  • TaskEstablish a career growth plan.
  • TaskImplement regular performance reviews.
  • Key ResultIncrease employee satisfaction ratings by 25%
  • TaskCreate a list of actionable items to improve employee satisfaction.
  • TaskMonitor employee satisfaction ratings and make adjustments as needed.
  • TaskSurvey employees to gain insight into their satisfaction levels.
  • TaskImplement a system to track employee satisfaction ratings.

10. OKR to optimize talent acquisition and management processes

  • ObjectiveOptimize talent acquisition and management processes
  • Key ResultImplement a new recruitment technology to automate 50% of administrative tasks
  • TaskEvaluate different recruitment technologies and choose one that suits requirements
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate the impact and progress after implementation
  • TaskTrain the recruitment team to utilize the chosen software efficiently
  • Key ResultCut down time to hire by 30% and improve hiring efficiency
  • TaskImplement a structured interview process to streamline candidate evaluation
  • TaskUtilize an Applicant Tracking System to manage applications more efficiently
  • TaskEnhance job descriptions for clarity, reducing irrelevant applications
  • Key ResultIncrease hiring manager satisfaction by 40% through improved recruitment quality
  • TaskDevelop ongoing training opportunities for enhancing recruiters' interviewing skills
  • TaskRegularly gather feedback from hiring managers to assess recruitment effectiveness
  • TaskImplement improved screening tools for identifying top-tier pool of candidates

11. OKR to enhance personal communication proficiency

  • ObjectiveEnhance personal communication proficiency
  • Key ResultRead 3 books on interpersonal communication and conversation techniques
  • TaskPurchase or borrow selected books
  • TaskResearch and select 3 books on interpersonal communication
  • TaskSchedule regular reading sessions to complete all books
  • Key ResultPractice active listening in 20 different conversations to gain feedback
  • TaskSeek constructive feedback post conversation to improve listening skills
  • TaskFocus on comprehending and responding thoughtfully during these conversations
  • TaskInitiate 20 varied conversations geared towards active listening
  • Key ResultAttend 2 advancing communication workshops remotely
  • TaskSchedule time to attend the workshops remotely
  • TaskResearch and select 2 online communication workshops
  • TaskRegister for the chosen workshops

12. OKR to enhance talent retention strategies

  • ObjectiveEnhance talent retention strategies
  • Key ResultImplement training programs to improve skills of at least 75% of the employees
  • TaskImplement and monitor said training programs
  • TaskDevelop appropriate training programs in those areas
  • TaskIdentify areas of skill deficiency among employees
  • Key ResultIncrease employee engagement scores by 15% through enhanced communication strategies
  • TaskIntroduce an open-door policy for improved cross-level communication
  • TaskConduct regular, structured feedback sessions to address employee concerns
  • TaskImplement weekly team meetings to discuss objectives and progress
  • Key ResultReduce staff turnover by 10% by implementing a comprehensive employee satisfaction program
  • TaskImplement feedback from satisfaction surveys
  • TaskDevelop an employee satisfaction program
  • TaskConduct regular employee satisfaction surveys

13. OKR to implement an efficient vendor invoice tracker

  • ObjectiveImplement an efficient vendor invoice tracker
  • Key ResultValidate the prototype with at least 3 different members of the talent acquisition team
  • TaskSchedule feedback sessions with each member
  • TaskIdentify three team members for prototype validation
  • TaskShare the prototype with selected team members
  • Key ResultDesign a comprehensive prototype of the invoice tracker within 4 weeks
  • TaskDraft preliminary design and functionality notes for invoice tracker
  • TaskDevelop and refine prototype based on initial design plans
  • TaskConduct thorough tests and improve upon the prototype
  • Key ResultEnsure 90% of vendor invoices are processed through the tracker by project end
  • TaskMonitor tracking system regularly to assess progress
  • TaskTrain staff on proper invoice tracking procedures
  • TaskImplement invoice tracking system for vendor billings

14. OKR to decrease direct funded vacancies under 2% of labor force

  • ObjectiveDecrease direct funded vacancies under 2% of labor force
  • Key ResultImplement a robust recruitment strategy that fills 70% of open positions
  • TaskIdentify key roles and skills needed for vacant positions
  • TaskEmploy diverse sourcing methods to attract potential candidates
  • TaskUtilize algorithm-based programs for efficient talent acquisition
  • Key ResultIncrease internal promotion processes by 30% to reduce vacancies
  • TaskAnalyze current promotion trends to identify potential improvements
  • TaskDevelop a skill-upgrading program for current employees
  • TaskImplement and monitor promotion performance scoring system
  • Key ResultLower employee attrition rate to 4% through enhancing retention programs
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive employee mentorship program
  • TaskCreate additional opportunities for career advancement
  • TaskEnhance benefits packages to increase employee satisfaction

15. OKR to expand organizational size and personnel capabilities

  • ObjectiveExpand organizational size and personnel capabilities
  • Key ResultImplement 100% training for all new hires within their first week
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive training program for all new hires
  • TaskSchedule training sessions within first week of employment
  • TaskMonitor and assess new hires' progress post-training
  • Key ResultIncrease total staff by 10% through strategic recruitment
  • TaskIdentify necessary roles to fill for 10% staff increase
  • TaskBegin implementing recruitment plan to attract new hires
  • TaskDevelop a strategic recruitment plan targeting these roles
  • Key ResultAchieve 15% more workload efficiency through advanced training and development programs
  • TaskEnroll team in relevant advanced training programs
  • TaskIdentify critical performance gaps in current workload handling
  • TaskPeriodically measure efficiency improvements post-training

Best practices for managing your Talent 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 Talent OKRs

Quarterly OKRs should have weekly updates to get all the 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 Talent 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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