Roles in a Best-Self Review® cycle

Understanding the various roles in a review cycle is key to ensuring the cycle runs smoothly. Since there are different levels of participation in a review cycle, it is important to know which roles are responsible for what. This article defines each role and its permissions in Best-Self Review®.

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Roles in a Best-Self Review® Cycle


A review cycle participant is a person who is being reviewed in a review cycle. If someone is not a participant, reviews will not be written about them. Participants are determined during the process of creating a review cycle. Participants are responsible for things like writing a self-review, nominating peers, and participating in a final meeting with their manager.

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Review writer

A review writer is a person who is responsible for writing a review about a participant. Review writers do not have to be participants themselves. If you have to write a review, self, manager, additional manager, peer, or upward review, you are a review writer.

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A peer is a person who is responsible for writing a peer review about a review cycle participant. Peers may or may not be participants in the review cycle.

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Upward review writer

Upward reviewers are people responsible for writing an upward review about their manager. In this case, the manager is a participant in the cycle. A participant's direct reports are assigned as their upward reviewers by default, but review administrators can edit upward reviewers for participants. Upward reviewers may or may not be participants in the review cycle.

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Managers are people who are responsible for writing manager reviews about their direct reports, assuming the direct reports are participants in the cycle. Managers are also responsible for approving/denying peer nominations for their direct reports, sharing & finalizing results, and holding a final review meeting. Managers may also be able to remove feedback from their direct reports' peer or upward reviews if the setting is enabled by review administrators. A participant's direct manager is assigned as their manager in a review cycle by default, but review admins can edit the manager reviewer for a participant.

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Additional Manager

Additional managers are people other than a review cycle participant's direct manager who can write a manager review about them. One default additional manager and up to five cycle-specific additional managers can be appointed for any given review cycle participant. Additional manager feedback is also included in calibration sessions and may be included in performance ratings formulas. Default additional managers can also be granted visibility into all past reviews of the person they're an additional manager for in Best-Self Review® feature settings.

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Review viewer

Review viewers are non-managers who have read-only permission to a participant's review results. Review viewers are helpful in change management, dotted-line, and matrix scenarios. A person can be appointed as a cycle-specific review viewer, which grants them visibility into a person's review results for only a specific review cycle, or a global review viewer, which gives them visibility into all review results for a person.

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Sharing user

Sharing users can share and finalize review results with a participant (in addition to the participant's manager in the review cycle, review admins, and cycle collaborators). You can add a sharing user by adding them to the "Who can share and finalize the reviews of [Participant]?" section of an individual's review settings.

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Review admin

Review admins can create, edit, and delete review cycles, create and edit question templates, report on cycle progress, nominate and manage peers for review cycle participants, view all submitted reviews and results, interact with calibration sessions, share and finalize review results for review cycle participants, and lock/unlock review cycles. They do not have to participate in a review cycle to see progress and results. By default, review admins have visibility into all review cycles that were created while in the role. If a review administrator is added after a cycle has begun or after a cycle has ended, there will be an option to allow or restrict visibility into those previous cycles.

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Cycle collaborator

Cycle collaborators are added to a review cycle by a review administrator either during cycle creation or after the review cycle launches to help manage a cycle and its results. Cycle collaborators have the same permissions as review admins (except creating review cycles, managing question templates, and deleting review cycles), but only for specific review cycles.

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Calibration session contributor

Also called contributors, people in this role are assigned to specific calibration sessions and can make changes to managers' review ratings when holding a calibration session. Anyone can be appointed as a contributor.

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Custom review role (currently available to early adopters only)

In addition to the aforementioned roles, 15Five gives you the ability to create custom administrative roles that give individuals only the permissions they need.

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