The Small Improvements sidebar navigation has been overhauled and is now ready for prime time. As of today admins may test the new navigation for themselves, and then enable it for their companies. Starting May 24 we’ll enable the new navigation everyone.
Beyond the May 24 there will be a grace period during which admins can opt out of the new nav. Anyone in the middle of a review cycle, or not able to update internal documentation in time, can decide to postpone rolling out the new navigation for a few more weeks. We will however start updating our own documentation in the next couple of days, and we encourage everyone to give the improved navigation a spin!
As posted before, here’s an overview of what is new and improved:
Dedicated “your content” section
Until now the sidebar was split up strictly by module, showing submenus depending on the user’s role. An individual contributor would see their own review in the Performance Review menu, while a manager also saw their team’s reviews in an additional menu item.
We’re now dropping these role-specific menus, moving to a much cleaner and simpler layout: Independent of role every use immediately sees their own content – 1:1 meetings, objectives, 360s, reviews — in one section:
New “Team” and “Company” sections
All team- and company-wide content is now located in dedicated “Team” and “Company” pages. These new pages provide immediate insight into what happened in the person’s team and in the company by defaulting to an Activity tab. Both pages are available to all users. Inside these pages, the Activity and Objectives tabs are available to everyone, while additional tabs for reviews and 360s are displayed to managers and HR only. This makes it much easier for managers to think of their team as a whole.
Also, the staff directory is now available (and a bit streamlined) via the Company screen as well.
Clearer access to cycles
Once you select a tab for Reviews, 360s or Objectives, we’re now listing all cycles, rather than immediately diving into the most recent one. This allows users to make a conscious decison what cycle to focus on. New or casual users will find the cycle overview approach much more natural to work with. Experienced SI Power users (who want to keep jumping straight into a cycle) can skip this new screen by using the “Jump to..” shortcut on the top-right of the screen.
Objective browser repositioned
The Objectives browser becomes far more prominent in the new navigation. When selecting the Objectives tab on either the Team or Company view, non-managers are shown the Objectives browser immediately. Managers and HR default to the cycle list, but can easily toggle the display to “Browse” mode at the top of the screen. This makes objectives of peers and managers much more visible than before, further strengthening our Objectives feature.
Take it for a ride
We’re inviting admins to either test the feature for their own account, or to enable it for their entire company. To test it for yourself, head to “Your Settings” and enable new Navigation:
To enable it for the entire company, go to the Admin -> Features screen, and tick “New Navigation”.
Once you enable it for the entire company, everyone will get to see a welcome-screen that explains the changes:
We’d love to hear your feedback!
We’ve conducted plenty of in-depth user tests and several beta customers have used the new navigation as well, but we’re always keen to learn on how to become even better. Do you like the new approach? Are you keen to roll it out to your entire company? Or do you have concerns or reservations? Let us know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.