5 OKR examples for Workflow Efficiency

What are Workflow Efficiency 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 have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Workflow Efficiency to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

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

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Our Workflow Efficiency OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Workflow Efficiency. 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!

OKRs to enhance workflow efficiency and productivity

  • ObjectiveEnhance workflow efficiency and productivity
  • Key ResultImplement at least 3 significant improvements identified from the workflow analysis
  • TaskDevelop strategies to implement these improvements efficiently
  • TaskEvaluate success of implemented improvements periodically
  • TaskPrioritize the 3 top improvements identified from workflow analysis
  • Key ResultReduce workflow steps or stages by 10% to streamline operations
  • TaskImplement new workflow and analyze for efficiency improvement
  • TaskReview and analyze current processes for unnecessary stages
  • TaskDevelop a revised workflow eliminating redundant steps
  • Key ResultIncrease process efficiency by 20% through process re-engineering
  • TaskIdentify bottlenecks in the current process
  • TaskTrain staff on newly engineered process
  • TaskDevelop a streamlined process blueprint

OKRs to enhance operational efficiency in workflows

  • ObjectiveEnhance operational efficiency in workflows
  • Key ResultTrain 80% of the team on new efficiency-focused strategies and tools
  • TaskOrganize training sessions for team members
  • TaskFollow up on the progress and understanding of trained team members
  • TaskIdentify appropriate efficiency-focused strategies and tools for training
  • Key ResultCut down on unnecessary tasks by 15% through process reevaluation
  • TaskIdentify and list all current tasks
  • TaskEvaluate necessity and efficiency of each task
  • TaskImplement changes to reduce unnecessary tasks
  • Key ResultReduce process cycle times by 10% using automation tools
  • TaskContinuously monitor and optimize automated processes
  • TaskImplement appropriate automation tools
  • TaskIdentify processes that can be efficiently automated

OKRs to enhance operational efficiency across all workflows

  • ObjectiveEnhance operational efficiency across all workflows
  • Key ResultReduce task redundancy by identifying and eliminating 20% of duplicate tasks
  • TaskImplement plan to remove 20% of these duplicates
  • TaskIdentify duplicate tasks in existing workflow
  • TaskAnalyze impact of eliminating identified duplicates
  • Key ResultReduce processing time by 15% for key operational activities
  • TaskImplement efficient technologies to streamline operational processes
  • TaskTrain staff on time management skills and faster work methods
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate unneeded steps in current procedures
  • Key ResultImplement two new process automation tools to minimize manual intervention
  • TaskResearch and select two process automation tools suitable for our needs
  • TaskTrain staff on how to utilize these new tools
  • TaskPurchase and install the selected automation tools

OKRs to streamline project management for timely delivery

  • ObjectiveStreamline project management for timely delivery
  • Key ResultImplement a project tracking system for real-time monitoring and status updates
  • TaskInstall and configure selected tracking system
  • TaskResearch available project tracking systems and select appropriate one
  • TaskTrain team on using tracking system
  • Key ResultReduce existing project completion timelines by 20%
  • TaskStreamline work processes to reduce time-consuming steps
  • TaskUtilize project management tools for efficiency
  • TaskImplement more focused, effective team meetings
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% completion of intermediary milestones within scheduled deadlines
  • TaskImplement efficient workflow strategies for timely task execution
  • TaskMonitor progress regularly to ensure completion within deadlines
  • TaskDevelop a detailed project timeline with intermediary milestones

OKRs to improve efficiency and effectiveness in QA and training workflows

  • ObjectiveImprove efficiency and effectiveness in QA and training workflows
  • Key ResultImplement 2 new training methods for staff development
  • TaskDevelop content and materials for the selected training methods
  • TaskIdentify potential new training methods for employee development
  • TaskOrganize sessions to implement the new training methods
  • Key ResultDecrease client-reported QA errors by 25%
  • TaskEnhance QA training for client-facing staff
  • TaskEstablish feedback system for identifying recurring errors
  • TaskImplement continuous improvement program in QA
  • Key ResultIncrease team's product knowledge test scores by 20%
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive product knowledge training materials
  • TaskImplement weekly product-focused study sessions
  • TaskRegularly administer and review product knowledge tests

Best practices for managing your Workflow Efficiency 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 πŸ‘‡

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Focus can only be achieve by limiting the number of competing priorities. It is crucial that you take the time to identify where you need to move the needle, and avoid adding business-as-usual activities to your 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

Having good goals is only half the effort. You'll get significant more value from your OKRs if you commit to a weekly check-in process.

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 Workflow Efficiency 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

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 Workflow Efficiency 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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