Koan is more than just a tool to track the progress on your team OKRs-- we created a platform that gives you the opportunity to see how your work fits into your company’s overall goals. This gives everyone in your organization, from managers to individual contributors, the ability to stay aligned and up-to-date with what’s going on at every level.

But why should you use the platform? How does Koan fit into your work? This guide is here to answer those questions and help you find the value in Koan. 

Weekly Reflections

Filling out your weekly reflection shouldn’t feel like you’re just listing out the tasks that you did during the week. Instead of a recap of your calendar, you should treat your weekly reflections as a way to give your manager and your team better insight into how the work that you’re doing plays into your team’s goals. Or to put it another way:

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This shows the high level work that you’re doing to help the team achieve its goals. It's also tied directly to your Key Results. Your team can look at your calendar if they want to see an hour by hour breakdown of what you’re doing each day, and you shouldn’t have to duplicate your efforts from other tools. Looking at the purpose behind the work you're doing helps make your reflections more valuable for others on your team. 

Confidence Ratings

Confidence ratings give your team early indicators of how likely you are to hit your goals, or when to change tactics. Each team member has a ton of insights that, when aggregated, paints a complete picture of how things are going. This also makes sure that your voice is heard, even when you and the lead on a Key Result might differ on how well you think you’re tracking.

But confidence ratings can also only do so much. Making sure to give your rating context helps ensure that you’re giving actionable feedback and can help your team even more. 

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Feedback

Once you’ve submitted your Reflection, there’s more that you can do to help your team members. Generally, when we think about feedback at work, we think of the manager<>report relationship, but having open peer feedback is just as useful!

Especially through the lens of seeing how the work you’re doing affects the company as a whole, reading your team members’ Reflections gives you insight into what they’re working on and if there is anything you can do to assist. Beyond seeing how your team is tracking towards your metrics and how confident you are in your ability to meet those metrics, you’ll also get a better sense of how your work all ties together.

This doesn’t mean just giving feedback to check a box, though:

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And this isn’t the only way to use the data that you enter into Koan. You can also use it to have great team meetings. Check out our guide on that here

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