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2774216 - Goal Plan User Search, Display and Search Options - Goal Management


  • Searches are not returning the expected users
  • Can the displayed users (managers, peers, & direct reports) be changed/disabled?
  • Can inactive, concurrent, and Global Assignment employees be included in the search?
  • Not only names, but also positions of managers, peers, and direct reports are visible within the Goal Plan User Search.

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The Goal Plan search component has been enhanced in the b1902 release:

  • Now, not only names but also positions of managers, peers, and direct reports are displayed by the Goal Plan User Search.
  • Type in the combo box to search for other users.
  • The Goal Plan search now respects both goal plan access permission and user search permissions. Previously the system only applied Goal Plan Access permissions. 
  • Inactive users can be included by selecting the Include inactive users in search checkbox.
  • If global assignment and concurrent employee users are enabled at company level in an instance, those users can also be included in the search.
  • There will be no Matrix managers/reporters in the hierarchy, but will have Peers instead.

Note: To hide peers, enable Hide Peers through Admin Center > Company Settings > Platform Feature Settings and save the changes.

  • Goal Search
      • User Search permissions control who will be returned in a search. (See how the User Search permission works via KB article 2768125)
      • Goal Plan Access permissions control which goal plan can be seen. (See how the Goal Plan permission works via KB article 2766340)
      • Organization Chart Navigation permission controls whether the hierarchy tabs will display i.e. Manager, Direct Reports, Peers.
    • Example Scenario:
      • UserA has User Search pernission with a target population of "Everyone" and Goal Plan Access Permission with a target population of "everyone in self".
      • Using the Goal Plan User Search, UserA searches for UserX. Since UserX falls within the User Search target population UserX appears in the search results.
      • UserA clicks on UserX in the search results, but since UserX is not in the target population for Goal Plan Access, UserA gets a message "You do not have permission to access this user's goal plan!"
  • Inactive Users 
    • Checking the Include Inactive Users in Search checkbox will return results for inactive users, this will also include global assignment and concurrent employee users.

Note: To hide the Include Inactive Users in Search checkbox, disable the Include Inactive Employees in Search permission through Admin Center > Manage Permission Roles > Permission > Administrator Permissions > Manage Users.

For more information about Role Based Permissions and Target Population refer to the Goal Management Admin Guide:

Goal Plan Permisssions and General User Permissions:


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See Also


goal management, Objectives, missing, inactive, objectives, concurrent, global assignment, CDP, Development, matrix reports, goal dropdown , KBA , LOD-SF-GM-ADM , Admin Tools, Settings, Permissions , LOD-SF-CDP , Career Development Planning , How To


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