The first cycle of OKR adoption is definitely not going to be out & out success. There will be some issues falling through the cracks. And the interpretation of different recommended guidelines will vary over a period of time. Thus it boils down to one simple fact – do team & company level retrospectives at least twice every quarter. Create an environment where employees can voice their opinions without fearing for a lash out. If necessary, conduct anonymous surveys to assess effectiveness of OKRs. The survey doesn’t have to be very fancy & in elaborate detail, it can just ask a few simple questions such as
On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you think setting OKRs helped you in the last quarter?
Any specific reasons for your score to the last question?
What can we improve to make OKRs more useful for achieving your personal as well as our company goals?
Any other feedback to make OKRs work for us?
Above questionnaire is neat combination of objective as well as open ended questions. Not just gather the feedback, discuss it in detail in all hands/town hall meetings. Try to assuage any concerns that employees may have raised. Commend any kind of feedback (irrespective of whether you incorporate it into the process or not).