New Year’s resolutions made easier with Viva Goals
Published 24 January 2023
Ahh if only it was that easy! Well, actually – with the help of Viva Goals, it makes ‘putting pen to paper’ that bit easier. It’s 2023, so let the tech do the hard work – am I right?
For those in and around the Microsoft space, last year felt like a whirlwind of Viva product launches. For those who didn’t keep on top of it all (me included) – in particular Viva Goals, this blog is for you!
Microsoft Viva Goals is Microsoft’s latest product offering – a goal-setting and performance tracking platform.
Viva Goals leverages ‘Objectives and Key Results’ (OKR’s), a popular framework for creating alignment, focus, and a highly engaged work culture to drive business outcomes.
Viva Goals is the app that lets you create, maintain and access OKR’s across your organisation, designed to help organisations of all sizes and industries to stay focused on their goals and achieve greater success.
Viva Goals is an integral part of Microsoft’s Viva suite, a holistic employee experience solution that includes other products such as Viva Connections, Viva Learning, and Viva Insights.
For managers, Viva Goals provides a centralised platform to define, assign, and track goals, ensuring everyone is working towards the same objectives. For employees, the platform offers visibility into their goals, allowing them to track their progress, receive feedback from their managers, and stay motivated.
Some worth noteworthy features include:
Ever wondered how you fit into the organisation? Or if what you do contributes to the success and goals of your organisation?
With Viva Goals, you have the clarity about what you should be doing and why it matters. Instead of relying on town halls, newsletters and emails from senior leaders to communicate top priorities for the organisation – this is all visible in the application via the organisation-wide OKR’s. This will allow you to better prioritise work and spend less time on non-business critical initiatives.
It also improves autonomy and ownership of where you and your team fit in the bigger picture.
First, you will need to write your OKR’s, three best practices to keep in mind:
Once you have finished writing your OKR’s, the four main actions that you’ll perform in the system are known as the 4C’s:
Best practices for success
As a member of the Change and Transformation team at Engage Squared, I know all about implementing new solutions and behaviours. Introducing a change such as Viva Goals requires more than just communication leading up to the launch.
Ensuring you have established strong stakeholder buy in will be essential to the overall success of your project. Your leaders are the people who define the overall vision and objective of your organisation. You will need to have them engaged to make the change stick.
It’s also important to recognise that employees need time to adjust and get on board with the change. This is known as creating ‘Desire’ in Prosci’s ADKAR model and will increase adoption and long-term success. Beyond knowing how to write OKR’s, employees will need support sustaining the change and incorporating OKR’s into their daily work rhythms.
Lastly, Viva Goals may not be the only change you need to introduce if an OKR program is new to you. To create lasting change and more importantly – success, you will need to be clear about why OKR’s are important to your organisation and what’s in it for them.
Chelsea Geldard is a senior change and adoption consultant at Engage Squared. Chelsea loves working with clients on their adoption of Microsoft 365 and is a skilled Microsoft Teams advocate and mentor, empowering users with unprecedented opportunities while on their technology change journey.