SAP SuccessFactors H1 2021 Succession Planning Release Analysis

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The SAP SuccessFactors H1 2021 Succession Planning release update is now in preview. According to the SAP SuccessFactors 2021 release schedule, the second-half update will go into production on May 21st. To help you out, we’ve broken down the major updates into bite sized pieces to help you get ramped up on the latest changes.


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Additionally, we hosted a LinkedIn Live with our experts to discuss the SuccessFactors H1 2021 Talent release.  



Now let’s jump into the latest in the Succession Planning release:


Nomination History


Previous and Current Notes Available in the Position Nomination History: Users with the proper permission can now view the previous and current notes in the Nomination History of a position card.

With this enhancement, will allow users to easily track all the historical notes for nominations.


How to turn it on: This is a universal update.



Hiding Pending Talent Pool Nominations


Label change for hiding pending nominations: Talent Pools can now also be included in the hiding of pending nominations and the label has been renamed to make it clearer on what this feature will do.

Hide pending nominations on the scorecard blocks from all users, has been renamed to Hide pending nominations in the Current Nominations and Successors blocks and Nominations section from all users.


How to turn it on: This is a universal update.


View Nomination History for Nominee


Can now View Nomination History for a Nominee in Talent Card and People Profile: Users with the proper permission can now view any nomination information change (including note changes) for a nominee in the Nominations section of a talent card and the Current Nominations block of People Profile

With this feature, is an improvement in usability for end users to easily track who made the change, why the change occurred, and which nomination was involved. Even deleted nominees are included in the nomination history table and therefore visible to users.


How to turn it on: This is a universal update.



View Recommendation Reasons in Career Explorer (Early Adopters)


Update to Career Explorer: After choosing View Recommendation Reasons in the role card, employees can view the reasons why the job roles in the first layer of a job lineage chart are recommended to them.

The reasons are given based on the employee data, job information, and job history of the employees in Employee Central. As the roles in the second and onward layers are recommended using a different approach, no specific reasons are provided.

We built this enhancement so that before taking further actions, employees can look at the reasons and confirm whether recommended roles actually suit them.


How to turn it on: This is a universal update.



Qualtrics Surveys for End of Mentoring


Surveys can now be sent at the end of Mentoring Relationships: You can now integrate Qualtrics surveys to get feedback from your employees when an individual chooses to end their mentoring relationship regardless whether the mentoring program as such has been ended

Program owners can gather feedback from both mentors and mentees: employees who are ending the relationship see a pop-up survey in their Mentoring page directly after they have ended the relationship, while the employees for whom the relationship was ended receive an email survey.


How to turn it on: This is a universal update.



Save a Mentoring Program for Later


Mentoring programs can now be saved to be signed up to later: Their answers to signup questions and uploaded documents are saved, but mentees’ selections of preferred mentors are not saved.

Also, the program remains on the Invitations or Open Enrollment tab and is marked with an icon and the Saved for later text.

This enhancement allows participants to reconsider their mentoring preferences, prepare supporting documents, and have a chemistry check before they finally complete signup.


How to turn it on: This is a universal update.


Improved Mentee Sign Up Experience


Mentees can now see which programs they have signed up to: A new icon and confirmation message improve the mentee signup experience


How to turn it on: This is a universal update.


Key Questions Required for Sign Up


Key questions are now highlighted with an * : Key questions are marked with a red asterisk in the mentoring signup form.

After mentees sign up for a mentoring program, they can view pending and declined mentor requests, check reasons for declined requests, and cancel pending requests


How to turn it on: This is a universal update.




More to Come for the latest SAP SuccessFactors 2021 Releases


The H1 2021 Succession Planning release is just a part of the latest SAP SuccessFactors update. Follow Rizing HCM on LinkedIn for release analysis and find the complete LinkedIn Live H1 2021 release coverage here. Customers should also follow the SAP SuccessFactors Community Page for the latest updates and roadmaps. 


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