Performance Review - Sign-off

The Sign-off section allows reviewees, managers, and other users to electronically sign the performance review. A signature line appears for each role that is added to the signature section.

Users with the appropriate permission can sign off on performance reviews in bulk. Note: Reviewers can only utilize the Bulk Sign Off functionality for performance reviews that are configured to use the Electronic sign-off method. See Performance Reviews - Bulk Sign Off.


The signature method varies depending on the review section configuration. The following signature methods may be available:

  • Electronic - If an empty field appears, enter your name and click Sign. You can re-sign prior to submitting the associated step by clicking the Re-Sign button. The submitted signature displays the name in the font selected by the employee on the My Account > My Preferences page and a date stamp. The section is complete once the review is signed.
  • Authenticated - If an acknowledgment option appears, read the acknowledgment, select the acknowledgment checkbox to acknowledge the agreement, and click Sign. Your signature is automatically added with a date stamp. Users cannot edit their name or signature. This prevents typos because your system name is automatically entered. The section is complete once the review is signed.
  • Manual - If a manual signature has been selected, the act of viewing the Sign-off section marks the section complete. You must then sign the printable version of the review.

Decline to Sign

If enabled, this option lets the reviewer decline to add their signature to the Sign Off section of the performance review to indicate that they do not agree with the outcome of the performance review. When the reviewer selects this option, the Sign button and the First and last name field are disabled. Also, a notification appears at the top of all performance review steps to indicate that the reviewer declined to sign the performance review.

If the reviewer already signed the performance review, then the Decline to sign option is hidden. If the reviewer chooses to remove their signature prior to submitting the performance review, they can click the Redo button to remove their signature. At this point, the Decline to sign option is available again.

In read-only mode, the Decline to sign is not displayed if it was not selected during the performance review.

In the printable performance review, if the reviewer declines to sign the performance review task, then "Decline to sign" is displayed in the user's signature area and no date is populated in the Date field. This clearly indicates that the user did not sign the performance review.


Add comments about the review. The character limit for comment fields is 30,000.

  • If the Inappropriate Word Filter is enabled for performance reviews, the filter flags any inappropriate words contained in the Comment field. See Performance Review - Inappropriate Language.
  • To check the spelling of the text box contents, click the ABC icon in the text box toolbar. This opens the Spell Checker pop-up.
  • If you have a need to copy and paste content into a performance review, please be sure to right-click the field into which you are pasting the content, and select the "Paste" option. You can also perform the same action by pressing [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[V]. This will ensure any formatting HTML does not get inserted into the text.

Navigation Buttons

The following buttons are available at the bottom of the page:

  • Back - Opens the previous step of the performance review. This button is not available on the first page of the performance review.
  • Save and Exit - Saves the reviewer's progress and exits the performance review.
  • Save and Continue - Saves the reviewer's progress, validates all selections and comments, and proceeds to the next step of the performance review. This button is not available on the final page of the performance review.
  • Submit - Submits the performance review. This button is only available when all sections of the performance review are complete. Once the task is submitted, you cannot modify the review task unless multiple submissions are allowed for the review task.

Based on the configuration of the performance review task, the reviewer's selected ratings may be visible to the system administrator as soon as the review task is saved. This includes when the performance review is automatically saved by the system. This enables the administrators to begin utilizing the data for calibration purposes while the review step is in progress.

When a reviewer is editing a reopened step or a submitted review step that allows multiple submissions, the performance review Save button labels are updated to more clearly indicate that the Save options do not finalize any of the ratings.

  • The Save and Exit button is renamed to Save as Draft and Exit.
  • The Save and Continue button is renamed to Save as Draft and Continue.

When in read-only mode, the available buttons are Back, Exit, and Next.