Does this sound familiar? You're halfway through the first month of a new quarter and you are still knee-deep in a complex and heavy process to create company OKRs for that same quarter.

What if we told you that it didn't have to be this painful? What if setting goals were quick, easy, and maybe even fun so that people wanted to use the product? You'll see more adoption more quickly, which would mean better focus on the things that matter.

So that's exactly what we've built: a quick, lightweight, and easy way to create and manage your company, team, and personal goals.

We recognize that goals come in many different scopes, urgencies, and formalities. Ranging from annual achievements, to informal team events, to monthly milestones for a teammate. WorkPatterns makes goal setting easy and organized.

This guide will take you through creating Goals in WorkPatterns and best practices.

Creating a Goal

Step 1: Click on "Create Goal" from your Home or Goals Page or even a workspace

On the first screen you'll

  1. name the Goal or project (recommendations for team and personal goals below)

  2. assign a goal owner (yourself or a team member)

  3. confirm the end date for this goal

  4. and assign an icon (we've found that these can help with organizing)

  5. (optional) include a description and any helpful context or key results

WorkPatterns Goals

Step 2: Where should we talk about this goal?

It's easier than ever to show your contributions towards company initiatives by linking goals across your organization. On the second (and final) goal creation screen you'll

  1. (optional) set this goal as rolling into a larger team objective

  2. confirm the workspace where you'll want goal owners providing status updates

  3. choose whether this goal needs to be private (most goals are best when shared publicly, but we offer privacy settings for personal development goals)

  4. confirm how frequently you'd like WorkPatterns to automatically create Discussion Topics to update this goal, allowing you and your team to easily communicate progress.

WorkPatterns Goals

Step 3: Create and assign relevant action items for achieving this Goal.

WorkPatterns Goals
  • These can have varying due dates to reflect multiple milestones. And can have different stakeholders assigned to specific actions.

  • Like all Action Items in WorkPatterns, you can easily have one-off discussions in the comments section and schedule ad-hoc meetings right from the menu.

Wait.. that's it? Really, I can provide structure and accountability for my team in 3 simple steps??

Yes! With WorkPatterns you can.

Pro tips:

Team Goals

As teams adapt to business needs and collective morale, team-wide goals can take the shape of metric-focused objectives as well as more informal projects such as book clubs.

Personal development

Personal goals can be a great way to keep yourself accountable towards your career growth. Likewise, setting development goals for your direct reports is a great way to invest back in your employees and increase team motivation.

We recommend that individuals work with their manager to determine the most relevant personal development goals. Some examples of each of personal goals:

Career goal: "Upskill in digital marketing" as a way to gain new skillsets and increase contribution to the team. Goal owners collaborate on defining what this career step means as well as committing to milestone achievements.

Quick wins: "Close 2 accounts by EOW" as a way to push towards macro goals with micro actions. These types of goals hold their owners accountable with urgent, bite-sized tasks.

Recognition:

Be sure to celebrate Goals 🎉 and progress along the way using the "Give Kudos" button from our Coaching section or within a workspace.

Questions? Click the chat icon right over there in there in the corner of this screen or contact us at [email protected].

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