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Microsoft Teams Adds Viva Goals to Help Employees Track Objectives and Key Results

Rabia Noureen

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Microsoft Viva Goals, a new goal-setting and management tool that launched in private preview back in May is now generally available. The new Viva Goals app aims to help employees and organizations track progress towards their predefined goals with Objectives and Key Results (OKRs).

Essentially, OKR is a performance management framework that allows companies to set and communicate ambitious goals with measurable outcomes. Microsoft emphasizes that individuals and teams are often unclear as to how specific tasks contribute to the overall success of the business.

Viva Goals is designed to address this problem by providing more visibility into the organization’s daily workflows and strategic goals. A customizable dashboard provides real-time insight into long-term goals with contextual data, built-in notifications, and other automated tools.

“We help business leaders build higher performing teams, HR leaders improve employee experience, and employees feel a sense of purpose and belonging at work,” the company explained. “Viva Goals supports the OKR (Objectives and Key Results) goal-setting framework, popularized at Google, Intel, and other Fortune 500 companies for alignment it naturally creates between the work teams are doing and an organization’s top business priorities.”

Microsoft Viva Goals licensing details

To get started, organizations will need to purchase either the Microsoft Viva Goals SKU or Microsoft Viva SKU. Currently, Viva Goals is available as an application in Microsoft Teams and it’s also accessible on the web.

Keep in mind that customers who want to use the app via Teams also should have any of the following licenses: Microsoft 365 F1, F3, E3, A3, E5, A5; Office 365 F3, E1, A1, E3, A3, E5, A5; Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, Business Premium; or Microsoft SharePoint K, Plan 1, or Plan 2 license. You can check out the pricing details on this page.

Microsoft Viva Goals also integrates with Azure DevOps, Excel Online, and several third-party data and work management tools. These include Amazon Redshift, Asana, Jira, Trello, Salesforce, MySQL, GitHub, GitLab, Box, and much more.

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