As more organisations embrace the shift to hybrid working, the focus on keeping employees connected and engaged also continues to grow. But how do you manage to keep employees productive and at the same time not lose sight of your business goals? Enter Microsoft Viva Goals, a solution to bridge the gap between employee experience and to help you achieve your desired business outcomes.
So, what exactly is Microsoft Viva Goals and what can you expect from the solution? We explain more in this article.
What is Microsoft Viva Goals?
Powered by Ally.io, a leading objectives and key results (OKR) company, Microsoft Viva Goals is a business goal setting and management module that is part of the Viva suite of solutions. Available now in private preview, Viva Goals aims to align teams to your organisation’s strategic priorities and unite them around the mission and purpose.
The solutions aims to provide clarity on employees’ work and how that work makes an impact on the business’s most important priorities. With the process in place, teams can focus on doing the work, making sound decisions, and driving the desired results for the business.
In addition, Viva Goals brings business goals into the flow of everyday work, making it easier to stay up to date with connected data and automated reminders as well as to share OKRs and their progress across the organisation with customised dashboards and quick links.
Viva Goals integrates with Microsoft Teams, Azure DevOps, and other work management and data tools that your teams are already using—as well as more integrations to come with Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Power BI, and other Microsoft 365 apps and services. With Viva Goals, OKRs no longer exist separate from the employee experience and where people work.
Bringing together employee experience and business outcomes
With clarity around organisation and team goals, employees are empowered to think, collaborate, and act at the team and individual level, informed and aligned to the priorities and what others are working on, thus everyday work is moving the business forward in a more agile way.
This connection and visibility to the bigger picture enables flexibility and purpose-driven work as employees can determine the best way to reach those goals. Knowing why you show up for work every day, taking a collaborative approach to defining goals, and understanding the progress you are making are all important to enhancing the employee experience.
Objectives and key results
With Viva Goals, Microsoft aims to empower teams to use OKRs at all levels and help get everyone pulling in the same direction. Whether you’re a team lead, or individual contributor, you can incorporate OKRs as part of your one-on-one meetings with managers, progress updates to stakeholders, or regular planning process to reflect on what worked, what didn’t, and what should change.
Viva Goals will be included with the current Microsoft Viva suite subscription when it becomes generally available later this year. To learn more about Microsoft Viva Goals or the Microsoft Viva suite, contact our team for more information.