Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice helps small businesses select the right OKR software to plan and align employee objectives with their business goals as well as measure key results.

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Zenefits

Zenefits is an all-encompassing HR SaaS platform designed specifically for small to midsize businesses. The Zenefits People Platform includes a robust offering spanning HR, Benefits, Payroll, Well-being and Performance apps that combines... Read more

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BambooHR

BambooHR is a cloud-based HR management software solution for small and midsize businesses. BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resource information system (HRIS) that includes an applicant tracking system (ATS), time... Read more

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BirdDogHR Talent Management Suite

The BirdDogHR Talent Management System offers cloud-based applicant tracking and performance management software for organizations in all industries, especially construction, manufacturing, engineering and skilled trades. The Talent... Read more

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Dayforce HCM

Dayforce, provided by Ceridian, is a cloud-based solution for Payroll, Benefits, Workforce Management, Human Resources, Talent Management, Document Management, and Analytics. As a single application, Dayforce provides organizations... Read more

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PurelyHR

PurelyHR is a cloud-based leave management solution for small to midsize businesses. The system’s core modules allow HR departments to track staff leave requests and approvals as well as manage diverse time off policies and hierarchies.... Read more

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iSolved

iSolved is a unified, cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution that offers key workforce functions including payroll, HR, time and attendance and benefits enrollment, as well as people-centric functions such as learning... Read more

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Workzoom by Nortek

Workzoom by Nortek is the all-you-need cloud-based people management platform that helps clients simplify HR, payroll, benefits, time, recruiting, performance, learning, expense management and much more. Workzoom has all the functionality... Read more

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Trakstar

Trakstar is a cloud-based Human Resource Management (HRM) solution that provides HR professionals employee evaluation functionalities like performance review, goal management, 360-degree feedback and succession planning. With Trakstar,... Read more

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Infinity HQ

HQ Platform is an all-inclusive software as a service, system designed to meet the human resource needs of small, medium, and large sized Construction, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Production plants, Factories, and Workshops that... Read more

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BerniePortal

BerniePortal is a cloud-based human resources software platform for small and midsize employers. BerniePortal’s features address each phase of the employee lifecycle from hiring to COBRA administration including: applicant tracking,... Read more

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Humi

Humi is Canada’s HR, Payroll, and Benefits solution for Canadian small-medium sized businesses. Companies use Humi to manage their employee data, employee onboarding, time off tracking, performance management, recruiting, reporting,... Read more

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Reviewsnap

Founded in 2007, Reviewsnap offers an integrated suite of talent management solutions spanning performance reviews, compensation management and learning management. The web-based solution allows businesses to streamline the performance... Read more

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Threads Culture

Threads Culture is an HR solution that enables users to measure employees against the business’ core values as well as goals unique to each employee’s position to identify who is adding to and who is detracting from company culture. Threads... Read more

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OnePoint HCM

OnePoint HCM is a single database human resource management solution (HRMS) that helps streamline the entire employee lifecycle, from onboarding to staff retention. The cloud-based HCM platform offers one login access self-service... Read more

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CakeHR by Sage

CakeHR by Sage is a cloud-based human resource management solution that integrates core features like 360 feedback, workforce management, performance appraisal, and attendance tracking. The CakeHR scheduling platform supports time-off... Read more

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PerformYard

PerformYard is a cloud-based feedback and corporate performance management solution that allows users to set goals and track performance. The solution also helps in other human resources (HR) processes such as onboarding and organizational... Read more

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CRG emPerform

CRG emPerform is a hybrid employee performance management solution that helps organizations to automate performance reviews and align, develop and retain talent. It can be deployed either on-premise or in the cloud. CRG emPerform... Read more

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Mosaic HCM

Mosaic HCM is a fully integrated, mobile-enabled, SaaS human resource and payroll solution that provides enterprise-level workforce management services and technology for mid to large-size employers. Mosiac's Workforce1 HCM platform,... Read more

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CommonOffice

CommonOffice is a cloud-based human resources (HRIS) software service for small and midsized businesses. CommonOffice offers customizable HRIS solutions to organizations of all sizes, which includes applicant tracking (ATS) and HRIS... Read more

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SoGoSurvey

SoGoSurvey's Employee Experience (EX) platform helps you collect, analyze, and leverage employee data to transform your workplace, attract better applicants, and improve staff retention. This employee engagement software provides a... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 2, 2020

Small businesses in the U.S. are in great company! According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), there are 30.2 million small businesses that represent 99.9 percent of all businesses in the country.

However, the agency has also reported that only 50 percent of small businesses survive the first five years. Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) that survive the initial, "volatile" years have a better chance of business continuity.

One of the reasons so many SMBs fail in the first few years is because they stray away from their primary goals. Small business entrepreneurs are prone to "shiny object syndrome," wasting money and resources chasing new ideas that don't align with the business's core offerings.

To maintain organizational focus, small businesses should adopt an objective and key results (OKR) program. They can implement this strategy using OKR software to manage, track and measure the program's success.

That said, small businesses should carefully consider their options when choosing OKR software, as there are many available on the market. For instance, you need to check whether the software integrates with your human resources solution, so your HR staff can automate the migration of employee details between the two systems.

In this buyer's guide, we'll look at many such considerations that OKR software buyers should keep in mind. We'll also go over the core capabilities and benefits of OKR software.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is OKR Software?
Benefits of OKR Software
Common Features of OKR Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Key Considerations

What Is OKR Software?

OKR software helps businesses align and monitor their employees' efforts toward achieving the company's primary objectives. These tools offer capabilities such as dashboards to visualize organizational, team and individual goals; graphs and charts to track the progress on key results; and team communication features to conduct employee reviews and peer-to-peer feedback sessions.

Weekly OKR status report in Weekdone

Benefits of OKR Software

Using OKR software, small businesses can create a centralized repository for employees to understand their objectives (what is to be achieved) and simplify the monitoring of key results (specific and measurable tasks) that define how employees work toward their objectives.

Here are some of the key benefits of using OKR solutions:

  • Save time by automating manual tasks. Using the software, HR teams can save the time they typically waste on manually tracking team objectives and key results on spreadsheets.
  • Keep information centralized and accessible. Details about team/individual goals and key results are stored in a centralized location, making the information easy to find.
  • Improve team communication and collaboration. OKR software comes with team workspaces, which help employees discuss objectives, clarify questions and provide feedback.

Common Features of OKR Software

OKR software helps businesses manage organizational and team goals, store team conversations in a central place, monitor the performance of OKRs and do much more. Here's a look at some of the common features of these tools.

OKR management

Define employee OKRs and allow them to view how individual OKRs are aligned with team and company goals on centralized dashboards.

Feedback management

Allow employees to request, receive and share feedback with peers and managers via online workspaces.

Reporting and analytics

View and track metrics, such as OKRs that the team has achieved, any unaligned objectives, key results at risk and more.

Task management

Track the progress of employee initiatives that drive key results, for example, tasks that a marketing team might undertake to achieve the key result of doubling quarterly sales.

User management

Control which members can create, edit and assign objectives and key results.

Gamified scorecard

Motivate high-performing teams and employees with game mechanics such as leaderboards and recognition badges.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

OKR software helps small businesses maintain organizational focus. However, there are many OKR solutions on the market, and SMBs should carefully analyze their needs before purchasing a solution.

Below are the two most common types of OKR software buyers. Knowing the difference will give you a better understanding of your needs when purchasing an OKR solution:

Small business buyers: These buyers typically belong to organizations with fewer than 100 employees and want an OKR solution that is affordable and user-friendly. Let's see in detail why these are the top concerns:

  • Usability: Small business users can't invest a lot of time customizing and learning to use new software. They need tools with out-of-the-box features, whereas a larger enterprise go for solutions with more customization options. Small businesses want intuitive features, such as drag-and-drop interfaces, which minimize the number of clicks required to do a task. A key usability feature is centralization, which makes information readily searchable. For instance, the tool should allow users to receive and share feedback on their objectives in a central location. Also, visual dashboards should make it quick and easy to track performance reports.
  • Pricing: Affordability is a key factor. Small businesses don't want an OKR tool that boasts an extensive set of features. Instead, their main aim is to justify the ROI of the total costs of software ownership. So, they want vendors that don't charge extra for adding new users or for offering priority phone support.

Enterprise buyers: These buyers have specific requirements to manage the OKRs of a large workforce that's usually spread across different locations. They need a tool that offers a large set of features and allows third-party integrations so that all their business needs are met.

  • Functionality: A large list of features is one of the primary requirements of enterprise buyers. For instance, they look for detailed reporting capabilities that allow them to track and contrast employees' current and historical OKR performance. They want to easily download custom reports that offer insights into the ownership of objectives, time of completion and other such details in different formats such as PDF, XLS and HTML. These buyers also want features such as task allocation and tracking, visual organizational charts, white-label options and real-time push notifications for mobile applications.

  • Integrations: Enterprise users want a tool that is ready to fit into their existing infrastructure—like a puzzle piece. So, the OKR software must integrate, or facilitate integrations, with their existing software tools, such as project management softwaresocial collaboration solutions and HR software. Integrations should allow seamless transfer of data between the different systems. Users also need a single sign-on (SSO) integration that makes the tool easily accessible for distributed teams.

Key Considerations

Besides understanding the type of buyer you are, small businesses should also explore other aspects of OKR software to understand the total cost of ownership.

Here are some of the top considerations to keep in mind:

  • Level of support. Buyers should consider a number of factors related to the level of support offered. Check whether vendors offer dedicated consultants to set up the tool or a self-service platform that houses video tutorials and a knowledge base. Importantly, clarify with the vendor whether there are additional charges for software training or troubleshooting via phone support.

  • Scalability of the software. As your business grows, you want the OKR solution to be able to accommodate your different needs. But to understand the scalability of the tool, it's not enough to just look at the breadth of features or performance metrics such as uptime of the software. You should also check the frequency of software updates. If the vendor consistently releases new feature upgrades, that's a sign that the software will scale with your business.