OKRs in Performance Reviews

using OKRs in performance reviews

OKRs and legacy annual reviews don’t mix.

Marrying OKRs with this once-a-year legacy practice will lead to too many setbacks. But managers can use OKRs in continuous performance management, which is the modern replacement of standalone annual performance reviews. OKRs are a modern goal setting technique and, while not meant to be used with traditional and legal performance reviews, it should be used with continuous performance management and regular check-ins.

OKRs are real-time. And they push teams to stretch and excel, taking smart risks to achieve ambitious goals. But if there’s a chance teams could be penalized for failing to deliver on those ambitious goals (i.e., a poor rating on a performance review), they’ll be more inclined to scale back their efforts. Also known as sandbagging, this resistance can thwart your overall company progress.

But OKRs and performance check-ins do mix.

By now, your company should have stopped using outdated annual performance reviews, as many Fortune 500 companies have already done. Smart executives now use OKRs instead with continuous performance management (based on regular, ongoing, real-time check-ins) to align with and motivate their teams. Not only does it accelerate performance by giving teams a direct line of sight into how their work impacts company goals, it also ensures everyone is focusing on important company priorities.

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