There are two viewing options for the Objectives feature. When on the Objectives page, in the Company-wide, By owner, or All objectives tab, you have the option to view the objectives in a nested view or a flat view. This article will walk you through the differences between these two views and why each of them is valuable.
The nested view for Objectives will show you all objectives that match the given time filter (past, current, future, etc) based on their alignment with other objectives. Just as the name suggests, the objectives are nested under their relative parent objectives. From this view, your objectives will likely be organized starting with Company-wide objectives, then Department objectives, on down to Individual and Self-development objectives. Think of this viewing option as a way to get a high level look at your top objectives, with further ability to view down that objective's alignment.
This view is helpful if you want to see the alignment of objectives and the impact that each child objective has on the parent(s). Also, it is helpful to use the nested view to see whether child objectives for a current objective are Past due or Closed. This view is not ideal when you want to hone in on a couple objectives without caring where the objective falls in the hierarchy, or if you want to view all objectives regardless of level. It can be tough to find a specific objective in the nested view.
The flat view for Objectives will show you all objectives that match the given time filter (past, current, future, etc) in one flat list. Because of this, the flat view is ideal for when you strictly want to view Past due, Current, or Future objectives. In the flat view, objectives are all created equal and each appears in the list as its own entry. Objectives appear in alphabetical order in the flat view.
This view is helpful if you want to see all objectives regardless of how/if they are aligned. If you want to get a snapshot of your company's objectives, this is the view for you. This view is not ideal when you want to know where an objective falls in the hierarchy, or if you want to know how each objective rolls up in alignment.