17 KPIs every data-driven manager needs to lead their team
Published August 5, 2016, updated February 15, 2022
Summary - Motivate your team with real-time data. Learn how implementing KPI management will improve your performance as a manager, and your teams in general.
KPI Management 101
As a manager, you have the responsibility of achieving performance targets, reaching higher performance levels and ensuring that people’s work supports and furthers the organization’s goals. In order to fulfill these expectations, managers must create a cohesive and motivated team by knowing how to define your organization's KPIs and using this information to it's full potential.
When you manage your team with KPIs (and put them on a dashboard), data is always at the forefront of every decision you make. What this means is that you are able to adjust your work based on real time data that clearly visualizes your team’s impact on the organization. This blog will provide you with an overview on what a KPI is, and how implementing KPI management will improve not only your performance as a manager, but your teams in general.
A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is a measurable value that demonstrates how effectively a company is achieving key business objectives. Organizations use KPIs to evaluate their success at reaching targets.
How can KPI Management Improve Your Organization
A KPI is only as valuable as the action it inspires. Too often, organizations blindly adopt industry-recognized KPIs and wonder why that KPI doesn't reflect their own business and fails to affect any positive change.
A lot of people overlook one of the most important aspects of KPIs which is that they are a form of communication. Therefore, they abide by the same rules and best-practices as any other form of communication. When information is succinct, clear and relevant, it is much more likely to be absorbed and acted upon.
How to Start KPI Management
If your team is finding it challenging to develop a strategy for formulating KPIs, start with the basics and understand what your organizational objectives are, how you plan on achieving them, and who can act on this information.
Selecting the right KPIs for your team should be an inclusive and interactive process that involves feedback from analysts, department heads and managers, you! As you dive deeper into your analytics, you will gain a better understanding of which business processes need to be measured with KPIs and with whom that information should be shared.
Selecting the right KPIs will depend on your industry and which part of the business you are looking to track. Each department will use different KPI types to measure success based on specific business goals and targets. High-level KPIs may focus on the overall performance of the enterprise, while low-level KPIs may focus on processes in departments such as sales, marketing or a call center.
KPI Management Reports
The chain of communication is most organizations situates the manager as the go-to person for executives to ask: So, how are we doing? Simple question, right? So why not give a simple answer.
KPI management on a data dashboard let’s you pull KPI visualizations from different campaigns and departments to answer this question with real-time data. Utilizing a dashboard, managers can share links to KPIs with executives or their team with published links and email reporting. Maybe your executive prefers print, KPIs can be converted into PDFs without the hassle of formatting.
KPI Management Presentation
KPI management means performance presentation all the time. When you manage your team with KPIs, you are able to use a TV dashboard to display data in your office all the time, or if you prefer, cut down on the hours spent creating a slide presentation for your weekly meeting, and just put you dashboard up on the screen. Keeping KPI presentations visual is a great way to foster conversation, particularly questions.
Questions are important for KPI management because it means you are continually challenging your team, and yourself, to ask how and why in terms of performance and improvements.
KPIs for Different Types of Managers
Depending on your industry and the specific department you are interested in tracking, there are a number of KPI types your business will want to monitor. Each department will want to measure success based on specific goals and targets. Take a look at the departmental KPI examples below or listen to the Metric Stack podcast to learn more about the KPIs you should be measuring:
KPIs for Marketing Managers
It's important for marketing managers to be as cognizant of the organization's sales performance as they are for marketing initiatives. In many cases, sales, which can include anything from lead breakdown to customer location, is a reflection of marketing efforts.
For example, are your webinars generating leads for the company? Questions like this interweave sales and marketing because besides creating awareness, the bottom line is that marketing is meant to generate customers for the company. Learn more about Marketing KPIs.
KPIs for Sales Managers
The best way to keep your sales team on top of their game in today’s ultra competitive business ecosystem is to cultivate a data-driven culture by sharing the right performance indicators and business metrics with your team. Track these sales KPIs to ensure your team has the confidence to ensure your business continues to thrive. Learn more about Sales KPIs.
KPIs for SaaS Startups
Every SaaS startup needs to monitor and track customer success. Understanding your customer churn and customer retention numbers are essential for growing and scaling your business. KPI management, no matter the size of your SaaS company, will keep your entire team thinking about how to make your customers successful. Learn more about SaaS KPIs.
KPIs for Social Media Managers
How do you measure the success of your social media campaign in a landscape populated by dozens of platforms and sites, each with their own set of analytics KPIs. As a social media manager, you need to define the metrics and KPIs that show how your team's efforts are resulting in more leads, increased web traffic, and higher ROI. Learn more about Social Media KPIs.
KPIs for Call Centers
To effectively operate in the stressful environment that is a call center you need to be dialled into the latest metrics and KPIs such as current service level, call volume and call resolution rates. The responsibility of managing thousands of calls each hour while maintaining a high standard of customer services can be hectic, which is why business dashboards allow you to keep an eye on everything. Use these call center KPIs to track your team’s performance through the busiest and most hectic days. For more call center metrics, check out of the Desk.com Integrations page. Learn more about Call Center KPIs.