To begin the performance evaluation cycle, a performance planning session is set. This session allows the supervisor (the Rater) and employees to meet and discuss performance expectations, the two elements - the Employee Work Plan goals and the Evaluation Factors. The supervisor's supervisor, the Reviewer, also discusses goals that are being set. The employee is provided with and signs a copy of the performance expectations.
The cycle typically runs in conjunction with the city's fiscal calendar, from July 1 through June 30.