What to consider in the selection of performance management software?

Size of your team

Some software is designed for enterprises and baked with many features that fit best for large teams, while other tools offer fewer features and simplicity. Do you really need all the features that the tool charges for?
Tip: review the case studies to see the type of companies that benefit the most from the tool.

Simplicity & time to onboarding

Consider that most of the tools require learning and some time for adoption by the team. Sometimes you even need to conduct a learning session of the tool. Do you have a month to learn your team, or do you need to start using the software on the go?
Tip: consider users' reviews on G2 to learn how fast other teams get started with the tool.

Pricing plans

Most of the tools suggest annual plans. Does it ok for you to pay annually, or do you need a monthly plan? Will you benefit from paying per user or flat?
Tip: check the pricing plans and whether the tool offers monthly plans or trials to help you see if it fits you.

Support & help center

If software error or delay with some question can cost you something, it might be not ok for you to wait a few business days to wait for a response by email. So, it's better to check the timezone and average response time by support teams.
Tip: check the contact page, live chat, and the average response time of support.

Customization & flexibility

Does the tool has a mobile app and integrations with the tools you usually use? Look for software that fits your processes smoothly to make your team adopt it. Slack/Microsoft Teams & Calendar integrations will help you onboard the team and monitor their progress faster.
Tip: check if the tool has a mobile app and integrations.

Reporting capabilities

Reports are crucial to get a helicopter view of your team and help managers track the progress of the goals. Even better to find a tool with live dashboards to keep your team on track and motivated towards goals. If dashboards are beautiful and easy to understand, you might also find yourself using them more.Tip: check which types of dashboards tools offer.

About Plai

Plai received a score of 99% in customer satisfaction from G2 users, the highest for OKR & Performance software.

Whom Plai will not fit:

Companies that need an HRIS solution

Though Plai has a powerful HR Suite with 360 & performance reviews, eNPS surveys, and personal development plans, it cannot cover all daily HR tasks. Plai will help only to cover the part of HR responsibilities focused on the performance analysis and improvement.

Plai fits best:

Small & medium-sized companies

Startups (even before product/market fit)

International, remote & hybrid teams

70% of employees leave their managers, not companies. Often small companies do not have an HR role, and managers need to handle it. For such teams, it is crucial to educate managers, developing the right performance management habits.

Plai helps teams achieve more in a healthy manner, removing stress and anxiety from goals and management failures. OKRs, regular feedback, check-ins, and praises help teams see everyone's impact and discuss their areas of improvement. Such habits improve manager-employee communication, create transparency and psychological safety in the workplace.

Why do customers choose Plai over alternatives

Key differentiators


Plai has monthly plans and can negotiate discounts on annual/large plans. You can pay per user or a flat cost, accessing all the features at one price.


Plai is a self-learned platform. Instead of calls with support managers, you just need to invite your team to Plai and start using it.


Plai is the 1st freemium tool on the market where there's no freemium model. It is free for up to 5 users - start paying as far as your team grows.

Educational content

Plai has 90+ templates, articles and tips, based on the knowledge from 3000+ teams with proven success.

Technical aspects


1-2 hour support response. Or go even further - request a live product demo, jump on free onboarding call, and access our help center.


Customize Plai for your needs, request new features, and see them live.

Modern & engaging UI

With a game-like interface, employees like Plai and use it regularly. A bunch of emojis and stickers makes the tool modern-looking and engaging.


Plai users' data is confidential, as the software maintains the highest standards of data security & privacy with GDPR compliance & AWS certification. Learn more about data encryption, retention & recovery in Plai.

Own your data

Regardless of the plan, you can export your historical data anytime.



Get OKRs division by departments, asynchronous real-time goal setting & updating, visibility of team activity within the feed, and notifications about team's updates.

1:1 check-ins

Set 1:1 meetings with reminders, apply conversation templates depending on your goals, and create private or collaborative notes.


Use Personal Development Plans to help employees plan their careers and monitor their growth.

HR Suite

Helps you conduct eNPS surveys to get feedback and organize performance/360 reviews to detect high-performance and gather data for salary review.


Access powerful dashboards to review what worked, learn, and adjust your strategy accordingly. Keep your team engaged with a live TV screen with goals' progress.


Stay on top with Slack & MC Teams integration, and synchronize your check-ins with Calendar integration.

Mobile app

Edit and set OKRs on the go with Plai mobile app, available for Android & iOS.


Drive a feedback culture, sharing peer-to-peer feedback & public praises. Get access to templates & tips for sharing feedback.

Join 3000+ organizations from 90 countries that are using Plai

About Plai

Plai received a score of 99% in customer satisfaction from G2 users, the highest for OKR & Performance software.