OKR Tracking

OKRs only work when they're kept visible and progress is made transparent to the whole company. Find out how to track OKRs to keep company priorities in focus every quarter.

Tracking OKRs has never been easier

OKRs work best when they’re kept front and center of daily business. It’s an all-too-common mistake for OKRs to be added to a spreadsheet only seen and updated by a few individuals. This lack of visibility can lead to misalignment and decreased focus on company priorities.

OKRs is more than a goal-setting process. Objectives and key results help teams evaluate what tasks or procedures are working (or not) towards organizational goals. Tracking OKRs allows you to quickly make adjustments so that your team continues to work towards driving results.

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What is OKR tracking?

OKR tracking is a method of reviewing set objectives and key results. Usually, it’s done in a weekly OKR check-in where teams share progress or roadblocks to keep track of upcoming plans.

What are the benefits of tracking OKRs?

Provides visual progress - Keeping tabs on OKRs help leaders align teams. If a task appears off track, you can see what needs to be done to steer the project back in the right direction. That way, everyday endeavors are in line with company objectives.

Makes employees happy - When progress is displayed and discussed, employees have proof that their daily work contributes to the bigger picture. In a recent study, 92% of 1000 U.S. adults said they would be more motivated to reach their goals if colleagues could see their progress. Tracking OKRs leads to employees feeling motivated, engaged, and supported in the workplace.

Guides future goals - If you track progress and setbacks throughout the quarter, it means you’ve collected data on what works and what doesn’t. You can use this information to form your next set of OKRs to keep progressing forward.

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How to track OKRs

Once your OKRs are agreed upon and written down, you need to make the hierarchy of goals, key results, and initiatives clear and visible to the entire company. The simplest way to do this is with OKR software, such as Collato, which showcases OKRs in a way that’s easy to understand and shows the progress of each goal.

Here’s how to track your OKRs, step by step:

1. Create powerful objectives and key results

When writing your objectives and key results, ensure that your objectives are qualitative, meaning they identify qualities your company aims to achieve. For example, an objective could be “Launch a new market-disrupting product.” You should be able to say either, “Yes, we achieved our objective,” or “No, we failed to achieve our objective.” You cannot measure the achievement of an objective by percentage.

When creating key results, make sure they are quantifiable so you can measure exact progress. Your key result will almost always have a number in front of it. For example, your key result might be, “Increase conversion rate by 100%.” Assign percentage benchmarks for each key result to track the progress of your OKRs more precisely.

☝️If you’re using Collato to track your OKRs, you can watch the progress of key results in real-time as contributors add updates throughout the cycle. This helps highlight which initiatives are driving progress and which ones may need to be reassessed.

2. Assign owners to create accountability for initiatives

OKRs should involve the entire team, not just top executives. That means that each contributor should have a say in which initiatives they own and how they contribute to company priorities. The more involved contributors are in the OKR process, the higher the engagement and motivation will be. Make sure expectations are clearly defined at the start of the cycle so that everyone understands exactly what they will be accountable for.

3. Share OKRs with the whole company

Once OKRs have been written and initiatives assigned, the goals should be shared and made visible to the entire organization. Even if not every team contributes to every objective, it’s important to establish transparency in order to keep the company aligned. This way, everyone can clearly see goal prioritization, and resources can be allocated accordingly. This also means that stakeholders are aware of any dependencies early on and can plan ahead.

Moreover, when OKRs are shared with everyone, you can celebrate successes together as a team. Keeping goals and progress visible to everyone increases engagement and motivation, as well as encourages recognition for individual impact.

🍦Sweet tip: A part of tracking OKRs is celebrating successes. Recognition can be done in big ways, like financial compensation, or something smaller, like a LinkedIn shoutout. It’s a great way to stimulate a workplace culture that aligns with organizational objectives!

4. Update regularly with scheduled check-ins

Throughout the OKR cycle, you should have regular check-ins to see the progress towards achieving key results and how they’re advancing objectives. On Collato, you can add an update to each initiative or key result to track progress throughout the quarter. Adjust the confidence level based on how much has been achieved in the given time frame and use this to assess impact. If you’re not seeing progress midway through the cycle, it might indicate that adjustments are needed: perhaps different initiatives, more resources, or even a new key result altogether. 

Remember that key results should not be used to measure performance. They’re there to clarify what does or does not drive progress. Stay agile and flexible with OKRs to pivot quickly when one approach isn’t working. By the end of the quarter, you should use the grading forecast to assess how much you think you will have achieved. Use a OKR grading scale to give your key results a score of 0.0 to 1.0.

Why track OKRs with Collato?

Aligns your goals

Make strategy visible to everyone. Use hierarchy levels and individual initiatives to link company objectives with every contributor’s impact.

Tracks progress precisely

Follow your team’s OKRs with progress charts to quickly identify unaligned, at-risk, and outdated goals. Monitor important data to reveal new insights and adjust goals in future cycles.

Engages your team

Give precise feedback with comments, annotations, or video responses. Tag teams, react to updates with emojis, and celebrate success to involve everyone in the OKR process.
Tracking OKRs in Collato is...

Simple and intuitive

Add your OKRs, integrate your favorite tools, invite your team, and start tracking. It’s a powerful way to seamlessly bring OKRs into daily business.

Flexible and customizable

Filter information to create a space designed for your team’s needs. Flexible layout options like timelines, calendars, Kanban boards, and tables allow you to create workflows that you find most productive.

Asynchronous and joyful

Make collaboration inclusive, whether you’re in the office or at home. Record your screen and talk your team through initiatives asynchronously. Colleagues can respond and react to celebrate wins and work through setbacks together.

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Learn more about tracking OKRs


What is OKR tracking?
OKR tracking is the process of writing, aligning, and updating the progress of your objectives and key results throughout the OKR cycle. Teams are generally expected to give regular progress updates on their initiatives and key results so that the company as a whole stays on target to achieving their chosen objectives.
How do you keep track of OKRs?
The easiest way to track OKRs is to use an OKR software tool which allows you to use hierarchy levels, upload progress updates, and provides visibility to the whole team.
How often do you track OKRs?
Tracking OKRs on a daily basis is guaranteed to drive results. But you should have a general OKR check-in on a weekly basis. This will ensure that your objectives are on track.
Can I track OKRs for free?
You can use a spreadsheet like Excel or Google sheets to track OKRs for free. However, these options are generally less engaging than other OKR tracking tools, which help keep goals top-of-mind for contributors.