This week, we explain how teams can tailor OKRs to each department, share statistics from a study on how appraisals are becoming fast and frequent, Gartner’s recommendations for three priorities for HR teams in 2019, and DDI’s Director of Product Management calls everyone out on their New Year’s resolutions.

Finally, from all of us at Betterworks, we hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season, and we wish you a very Happy New Year!

This week’s growth quote:

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Different Goals for Different Roles: A Guide to Departmental OKRs


‘Alignment’ means something different to everyone. A company’s top priority may be to make money and improve lives, but its engineers, accountants, and designers all contribute differently and should be measured differently. Tailor OKRs to each department and you’ll improve results; learn how in this guide.

Performance Appraisals are Getting Shorter and More Frequent

HR Dive

Thirty-nine percent of HR teams have shortened their appraisals over the past two years, an OfficeTeam study found. Companies are also conducting reviews more frequently, and employees are the ones driving the change. “One-and-done is not meeting their needs,” said a respondent; read what others had to say.

Gartner’s Top 3 Priorities for HR in 2019


Of all the big trends, one will likely dominate headlines next year: unemployment rates are low and still falling. That makes it an employees’ market, which is undermining employers’ long held expectations of long hours and extra discretionary effort. With abundant opportunity, what’s to inspire employees to earn in-house what they can more easily find elsewhere?

Stop Treating Performance Management like a New Year’s Resolution

Training Industry

Ryan Heinl, Director of Product Management at DDI, is calling everyone out for their New Year’s resolutions: don’t talk about lofty performance management goals and then abandon them around February (like 99 percent of gym memberships). As a personal trainer might tell you, change takes time but never forget why you started!

Ready to turbocharge your performance in 2019? Check out our brand-new Ultimate Guide to Utilizing OKRs featuring tips and strategies from NY Times bestselling author John Doerr.

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