Visibility options for objectives

There are three visibility options that you can select for objectives and key results: Public, 15Five permissions, and Specific people. In this article, we'll walk through what each of these settings means.

Access and availability

⛔️ Required access to Objectives.
👥 This article is relevant to all roles.
📦 This feature is available in the Focus and Total Platform pricing packages.



If you're looking for information on role-based permissions for objectives, check out this article.

Visibility options for objectives

As you create or edit an OKR, you will be asked to select a privacy setting: Public, 15Five permissions, or Specific-people.


  • Public: The objective and key results will be visible to everyone in your company.
  • 15Five permissions: The objective and key results will be visible to anyone who can see your Check-ins, including global viewers. To find out who can view your Check-ins, use this link.
  • Specific people: The objective and key results will be visible to the objective owner, their manager, and any other groups and/or individuals that are specified. The objective will not be visible to global viewers unless they are added as one of the specific people.

Help Center article 💡: Roles and permissions in 15Five

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why don't I see all visibility options?

Account admins can restrict what kinds of objectives people can create in Objectives feature settings:


If you don't see the ability to assign public, 15Five permissions, and/or Specific-people visibility to an objective, this is the reason. Please reach out to one of your Account admins if you'd like this setting changed.

If I want to align my objective with a parent objective, what visibility rules apply?
If your objective is aligned with and set to impact the progress of a public objective, your objective will also have to be public. If the objective is aligned but doesn't impact progress, the visibility settings can be different. Learn more about aligned objectives.
Can I apply different visibility for key results?
No. Visibility can only be set at the objective level, meaning that all key results will have the same visibility settings.
I only want myself and my direct manager to have visibility into my objective. How do I set this up?

If you'd like for the objective to be private to only you and your direct manager, select "Specific people." Your name and your direct manager's name will be auto-populated; simply don't add anyone else's name in the field.

I don't want people to be able to create private objectives. How do I set this up?

If you're an Account admin and only want people to be able to create public objectives, you can set this up in Objectives feature settings. Simply navigate to the "Permissions" tab and set the "Select objective privacy settings" option to "Public."


Please note that this setting will not apply retroactively. Private objectives that were created before changing this setting will retain their original visibility setting.

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