Rhythm Blog | KPI

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

33 KPI Examples to Measure Productivity & Prevent Organizational Drag

Melissa Enriquez Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

According to a recent article I read in Harvard Business Review, "most employees want to be productive, but the organization too often gets in their way. Our research indicates that the average company loses more than 20% of its productive capacity — more than a day each week — to what we call 'organizational drag,' the structures and processes that consume valuable time and prevent people from getting things done."

The article continued to say that "people have huge amounts of discretionary energy that they could devote to their work, but many are not sufficiently inspired to do so. Virtually every employee can bring more to their job, but many don’t invest the additional ingenuity and creativity that they could. Inspired employees bring more discretionary energy to their work every day. As a result, they are 125% more productive than an employee who is merely satisfied. Stated differently, one inspired employee can produce as much as 2.25 satisfied employees."

Wow! I was stunned by this data!

Using Red-Yellow-Green Success Criteria: Real World Examples That Are SMART

Tiffany Chepul Mon, May 8, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Each KPI and Priority should have clearly defined success criteria. What is success? What is failure? Discuss, debate and agree as a team.

KPIs: We Know WHAT to Measure…Now, HOW Do We Measure It?

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Lately, I've been working with clients who are just getting started on their KPIs. They are deciding what to measure and who owns the results. They are also making sure they have a good mix of leading indicators and results indicators across all 4 categories (employees, customers, revenue, and processes). That's the easy part. The "how" to measure is where it gets tricky and where lots of teams get stuck. As they set out to figure out how they will measure these areas, there are a few principles that everyone has to agree to for consistency.

5 Things Your Boss Expects You to Know About KPIs (Video)

Alicia Croke Wed, Mar 8, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

So you just started your new job, and your boss sits you down to talk about your KPIs. He says, "Yeah, we are gonna measure your performance based on these, so hopefully you do a great job!"

After your busy first day, you realize you are completely lost when it comes to your KPIs.

He gave you a plan all laid out, but you still need some guidance as you start your new job.

It's Better to be Unemployed than In a Job You Hate

Alicia Croke Thu, Mar 2, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Your job is important - it's where you spend most of your waking hours. So when the Australian National University recently released a study about how your employment affects your mental health, I was interested.

According to the study, it is better to have no job at all than to have a bad job. "Those who moved into optimal jobs showed significant improvement in mental health compared to those who remained unemployed. Those respondents who moved into poor-quality jobs showed a significant worsening in their mental health compared to those who remained unemployed."

The 10 Best Employee Engagement KPIs (Video)

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

After recently reviewing hundreds of 2017 Annual and Q1 plans, I can say without a doubt that improving employee engagement seems to be top of mind for everyone this year. How on earth do you keep today's dynamic and diverse employees happy, engaged and productive? It's the million dollar question.

According to Gallup, companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147%. Gallup also concluded that 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged. So, how do you know if your company is on the right side of those statistics?

Marketing KPI Examples for a Great Year

Alicia Croke Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, our marketing team sat down and talked about our annual plan for 2017. Marketing departments have many campaigns they focus on throughout the year, so we broke our campaigns down over four quarters. We track our campaign performance over four main drivers: emails, website design, social media, and SEO. We break those down into team KPIs and then even further down into individual KPIs for team members.

I thought I would share just a few KPI examples from our session. In addition to using to our own handy KPI guide for help, we did source some of our KPIs from Hubspot and Impact Branding. The two areas I will focus on are email performance and Social Media.

Breakthrough Your Complex Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Ted Skinner Sun, Sep 25, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

Summer is over, kids are back in school, and now it's time to turn your focus back to the workplace. Yes, I know it might not be as exciting as hanging out with your family and friends on the Isle of Palms to see rescued sea turtles released, but you know life’s a beach and it is time to get back to work.

So, as I sit at my desk preparing for our second annual Breakthrough Conference this October 18 and 19 in sunny Charlotte, NC, I am researching the vast amount of KPI data and resources that we have here at Rhythm Systems. As a leading software and consulting firm laser focused on execution for mid-sized companies, we have helped our clients implement thousands of KPIs specifically tailored to their unique business situation. These KPIs help companies grow, recruit and maintain high-performance teams, increase operational efficiencies and much more.

Bring Your KPIs to Life: Drive Visibility & Accountability with Composites

Jessica Wishart Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Metrics are key to understanding your company’s health. Most businesses have some key performance indicators (KPIs) that they’re tracking. Some companies use Excel spreadsheets to keep track of the company’s health with a few KPIs that only the CFO and the CEO ever see. Other companies have long lists of metrics that they track but only look at once a year, and even then, the list is so long that the numbers are fairly meaningless. What if these metrics actually caused your team to take action, helped you make better decisions and even increased accountability and visibility at your company? At Rhythm Systems, we’ve found that there’s a better way to track and actually make your metrics work for you, not just sit in spreadsheet purgatory until the next time you dust them off for a cursory glance.

Break Down Your Process Before You Break Down Your Business

Barry Pruitt Thu, Jul 7, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas A. Edison

Thomas Edison knew what he was talking about. While consulting with fast growth companies and delving into the complex problems they face, I see a consistent need for process identification, breakdown, and prioritization in order to choose Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). What I mean is the ability to break a large process into component pieces, put the pieces in some type of priority or rank order, and choose a few of the right ones to measure as KPIs. Lack of this knowledge is often the gravity (or drag) companies experience while trying to propel a company forward with faster growth and success.