How many KPIs can be assigned to a individual employee

Answer QuestionsCategory: ManufacturingHow many KPIs can be assigned to a individual employee
asked 5 years ago
1 Answers
Aleksey Savkin Staff answered 5 years ago

Dear Vinoy, This is an excellent question. To answer we need to make clear one thing – we create KPIs not just to measure them. How does a good KPI appear? First there is some business context (business goal), and then there are indicators (a pair of leading and lagging indicators) that help us to track the goal (track the progress towards a target or at least monitor it and tell us that everything works smoothly). From the statement above we can make a conclusion:

  • The number of indicators depends on the number of business goals;
  • If we have 100+ KPIs, but there are no goal formulated, then, that’s wrong (imagine that one see an airplane dashboard, but have no clue about how to fly).

So, I would re-phrase the question to “How many goals can be assigned to an individual employee?” In this case we have plenty of material to read about…. Depending on goals complexity it can be 1-2 goals, or 100+ in a case of busy small business owner. The golden mean however, is somewhat around 3-5, and some authors suggest to focus on 1 goal only, but try to achieve excellence it in.

KPIs or Strategy – which comes first?

Start free wizard to create your strategy map Ideally, you need to have a strategy before start thinking about KPIs. How to create a good strategy? It's tricky and will require your expertise:
  • You will need to understand what your customers want and
  • How to give them what they want in the most effective way.
  • You will need to think about your competitors and, for sure, about your team.
Sounds like something complex? Not at all! Use this free Strategy Map Wizard and you will have your strategy map in 6 minutes.

10-Step System to Find Tailor-Made Key Performance Indicators


Examples of KPIs

It is easier to get started with KPIs when you have some good examples to follow. Find here examples of KPIs for various domains.

Winning KPI Crash Course

premium-bsc-training Even the best KPIs won't change anything if they are not properly aligned with a business context, if a company's strategy is not well defined, if there is no clear understanding about what the company is measuring and way...

Check out a "crash-course" for the Balanced Scorecard and KPIs.

Find us on Google Plus