March 23, 2023
Many organizations embrace the objectives and key results (OKR) methodology to ensure employees focus on achieving the most important priorities. One of the other benefits of using OKRs is they tighten employee engagement and drive high-performing teams that work very well together. A big part of that comes from the collaboration and conversations around progress, achievement, and blockers that help identify ways to do things better and faster.
Unfortunately, many organizations struggle with the “set it and forget it” approach to goal-setting which causes employees to lose sight of and abandon their goals after developing them. As a result, the strategy execution framework becomes a burden rather than an enabler and the benefits get lost in the process.
At Quantive, we’re ready to help our customers close the strategy execution gap with a better way to stay aligned to achieve their most important organizational goals. Today, we’re thrilled to launch our Check-ins feature to boost collaboration, transparency, and alignment for organizations.
Part of the Quantive Results platform, Check-ins is a conversations feature that empowers employees to proactively share context and progress updates on their OKRs. Check-ins help to drive alignment and visibility while boosting collaboration within teams by creating more conversation around the work being done.
To consistently execute your strategy and stay accountable to your organizational goals, you have to build a habit around OKRs and embed strategic priorities into day-to-day work. Check-ins provide an effective way for teams to focus on the short-term tasks and habits that are necessary to achieve long-term company-wide goals. In fact, teams who have used Quantive Results’ Check-ins feature at least twice a month are five times more likely to engage with their goals on a weekly basis and continue that habit year after year.
With Check-ins, there are three main functionalities that help employees and managers have better conversations:
Check-ins are designed to deliver value across the entire organization. For managers, Check-ins help to create a positive team experience with greater cohesion, support, and feedback. Plus, the regular cadence of Check-ins helps to celebrate the wins more regularly, creating a positive and supporting team atmosphere.
For team members, Check-ins give them better alignment, understanding, and visibility of what teammates are working on while also enabling them to see how their work contributes to the company’s success which leads to greater collaboration.
In fact, Quantive customer Unbabel, a leading language operations platform, has seen great success using Check-ins as part of their OKR program. They attribute many of the positive cultural shifts across their distributed team to their Goal-Check-in loop — the process of intentionally setting goals and checking in on them routinely as a team.
“The biggest advantage of this feature is we’re forced to stop and reflect on our work. Thanks to Check-ins, we’ve become more mindful of the planning process and what works best to achieve our goals. The organization’s general understanding of OKRs has improved significantly and teams have become much better at talking about their progress (or lack of it) more openly”.
If you’re a current Quantive Results customer, visit our Help Center to learn more about setting up Check-ins for your organization. If you’re new to Quantive and ready to get started, check out pricing plans to see what’s best for your business.
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