Viva Goals helps your company achieve your goals.
Employees who neither care about the company's goals nor understand how to contribute to them themselves. Teams that work in their own silos without collaborating with other parts of the organisation. That's the stark reality of many companies, and it's not helped by parts of the workforce working from home.
Do you recognize yourself? Don't worry: the Microsoft 365 tool Viva Goals can help your business set effective goals and steer employees towards them.
What are Viva Goals?
Microsoft Viva Goals is as the name suggests, part of Microsoft Viva, an employee platform for modern hybrid work to use Microsoft's words.
Viva Goals allows you to ensure that all teams are in sync and working towards the same overall objectives.
In addition, this solution helps you to set effective business goals and track progress. At all levels: from individual employees, through teams and departments all the way to the company's strategy, long-term goals and vision.
In turn, it can be said that Viva Goals does a good job of 'forcing' clear priorities within the organization. While the platform directs ausers' focus towards tasks that are expected to have the greatest impact on the desired outcome.
When everyone links their efforts to clear purposes and goals that are visible to all,Viva Goals becomes a catalyst for purposeful engagement and collaboration. Managers and employees understand how their own goals relate to the goals of their colleagues and not least with the end result.
Viva Goals facilitates open communication and encourages an active discussion about the company'sgoals and how to achieve them. Which is incredibly important to have in a hybrid workplace.
This lagain perhaps a little too good, but of course software is not enough. Management and employees must implement a new way of working with goals.
SSet effective targets for your business
Any goals you set with Viva Goals will always link to (and contribute to) your company's strategy and long-term goals.
The solution is based on OKR (Objectives and Key Results), a framework for target management used by companies such as LinkedIn and Google. Mmany see it as bbest practice for target management.
Here's how it works:
- Initially, sset a small number of challenging main objectives (objective) and break each one down into 3-5 sub-objectives, called key results (key result). A main objective could be a turnover of 100 MSEK in 5 years, which is broken down into annualtargets and quarterly or monthly targets for the current year.
- Find out what is needed to achieve the main objective 100 MSEK in turnover. How many products, licences or hours do you need to sell? Do you need fThe company 50 of a particular product, add this product sales as a key result.
- Identify which tasks required to achieve the key result (50 products sold).
- Distribute the tasks to the members of the teams concernedwho allocate the necessary time.
- Finally, have a continuous evaluation of the key results based on the percentage of achievement.
Methodologies is built into Viva Goals, ensuring that all projects and tasks are linked to objectives and key results.
Easy to share, view and communicate
It is not enough just to have objectives and key activities in place. Communicating about them is just as important.g.
Viva Goals has custom dashboards that make it easy for every employee and team to report and share their goals and key results.
They can visualise their progress at meetings through customisable presentations that show graphs or the percentage of goals achieved. This is also a good basis for analyse deviations from the expected development.
The internal dialog on targets and progress can also be easily done via chat messages in Teams regardless of which channel you are in, without having to switch windows or platforms. Via the integrated Viva Goals button you can nat any time ask a coworker for an update. In addition, this feature also provides you with updates sent to you automatically, for example before project meetings.
Through daily use of Viva Goals are all continuously updated and can contribute to conversations about what needs to be done to achieve the goals.. Where are we lagging behind and why? Should we reallocate resources? And how can we help each other?
In turn this focuses the conversation pon what is important and affects everyone. It also makes weekly meetings more effective and clarifies the roles of participants.
Each team and individual employee has a customized view that makes it natural to focus on their most important priorities in their daily work.
Finally, I would like to mention that Viva Goals is integrated with Teams, Azure DevOps, Jira, Asana, Tableau and ZenDesk.. Here, users can update their status, communicate and follow the team's goals step by step towards the goals directly in these systems.
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