Goals can be created by an employee (configurable, see below for more detail), manager or Administrator. Typically, goals are created and tracked for a given period of time and used to help employees work towards meeting company and career goals, job responsibilities and more. Comments can be attached to the goals to keep track of progress. Goals can be managed in two ways on Evaluation forms to allow for a self and/or manager review of the goals; previous review cycle's goals, and/or upcoming review cycle's goals (via the manage goals section).
Employees are given the permission to Add New Goals, comment on their goals and copy goals by default.
To turn off this functionality:
When an employee creates a goal, their manager will need to approve the goal. Once approved, the goal status will be "Incomplete". The employee will then be able to add in comments on how they are progressing against the goal throughout the duration of the goal.
Managers are able to create, assign, approve, edit, delete, comment, copy and view goals for their direct reports. For their indirect reports, Managers have view only rights for goals.
Admins are able to create, assign, approve, edit, delete, comment, copy and view goals.