Introducing and Configuring Continuous Performance Management

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Introduce, enable and configure Continuous Performance Management

An Introduction to Continuous Performance Management

Performance is not something that should be measured just once each year. To truly impact performance on a positive basis, employees and managers should have regular check-ins to ensure employees are working on the right aspects of their jobs in the right way.

Watch this video for a brief overview of Continuous Performance Management


This training guide is based on the Latest Version of Continuous Performance Management (CPM), generally available and the only possible option for new implementations.

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Getting Started with Continuous Performance Management

Continuous Performance Management has been designed using a platform functionality known as ‘Metadata Framework’ (more commonly called MDF). The necessary MDF files are automatically imported from SuccessStore when you enable ‘Continuous Performance Management’ in the application.

Setting up Continuous Performance Management in your instance involves assignment of role-based permissions to intended user groups and enabling permissions to access Continuous Performance Management on the mobile application. The mobile application configuration is optional.

The prerequisites to use Continuous Performance Management are:

  • License for Performance Management and Goal Management.

  • Role-based permissions to access Continuous Performance Management.

  • Role-based permissions to access Continuous Performance Management settings.

  • Permission to access these employee data fields: First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Title, and Manager.

  • Generic Objects and Attachment Manager enabled.

  • Enabling Intelligent Services if you want email notifications. Configuring email for feedback notifications requires Intelligent Services. You can enable it from Upgrade Center.

How to Enable Continuous Performance Management


  1. In ProvisioningCompany Settings the following prerequisites need to be enabled:

    • Role-based Permission (This will disable Administrative Domains)
    • Enable General Objects (requires "Enable the Attachment Manager")
    • Enable the Attachment Manager
  2. From the instance, navigate to Performance Management Feature Settings using Action Search, and select the option Enable Continuous Performance Management.

  3. Save.


Once enabled, the required MDF Objects (Activity, Achievement, and Discussion Topic) are also automatically imported from the SuccessStore.

Configuration of Role-Based Permissions

It is important to identify the user groups to which you want to provide access, and then accordingly enable the required role-based permissions for each group. You can either use an existing user group or create a new user group for granting the permissions that are needed to access Continuous Performance Management.

Enablement of Role-Based Permissions for Employees

Select the buttons to learn how to enable Continuous Performance Management (CPM) with Role Based Permissions (RBP) for employees and administrators.

Main Navigation

Once you have successfully enabled the employee access within the application, the Continuous Performance option appears in the application’s main navigation dropdown list.

Permissions Dependencies

All users will need the following permissions in order to use Continuous Performance Management:  

  • In Employee Data, View Permission is required for the following fields: First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Title, Manager
  • In General User Permissions, the following are required: Organization Chart Navigation Permission, Company Info Access and User Search
These permissions are already enabled for all users in the Employee Search permission role.

Configuration of Continuous Performance Management

The tool used to configure Continuous Performance Management is called the Administrative Console. To access the Administrative Console, navigate to Continuous Performance Management Configuration, from the Action Search bar.

Within the Administrative Console the following areas can be accessed: 

  • Configuration Validation Tool
  • Default View
  • Activity Status Label
  • Feature Configuration

In this series of interactions, you will learn more about the four areas inside the Administrative Console and their features.

Configuration Validation Tool

Through the validation tool, you can run a system diagnostics report to check whether Continuous Performance Management has been configured and permissioned correctly. 

Select each validation message row to learn more

Default View

This feature makes the selected view the default landing page for all Continuous Performance Management users. The default view of Activities can be switched into Achievements View as a landing page when users access Continuous Performance. Users must have permissions to both Activities and Achievements.

Activity Status

Select the boxes to explore the options available in the Activity Status Label of the Administrative Console.

Feature Configuration

Explore the Feature Configuration area that shows what can be enabled/disabled in the Activity Status Label of the Administrative Console

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