SAP SuccessFactors 2H 2021 What’s New in Career Development

SAP has announced the latest updates and changes for SuccessFactors for the second half of 2021.

Preview release will be October 15 and production will be released November 19.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here. For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here

For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here

There are not a lot of new features for Career Development in this release. There are some updates for Mentoring and for early adopters, the latest version of Goal Management and Career Explorer have new functionality.

For your convenience, we’ve summarized the highlights of what’s new for 2H 2021 Career Development below.

Mentoring

General Availability – Universal Updates

The universal updates for Mentoring relate to mentoring email notifications.

Improved Email Notifications

With the new release, there are changes to some of the mentoring email notifications. Some links have been added or removed and some of the messages have been made more concise.

The mentor invitation email notification has been updated. Now there is a link that goes directly to the mentoring program to accept the invitation to participate. An example is shown below.

Mentor Invitation to Participate

The program link has been removed from the email notification that goes out to pending mentees when their requested mentor becomes unavailable. Here is an example of the new email notification.

Mentor Unavailable Notification

Stop Email Notifications to Matched Mentees About Mentor Availability

Currently any mentee that is linked to a mentor will received an email notification when the mentor becomes unavailable as a recommended mentor for new mentees.

Similarly, when the mentor becomes available again, the mentees already in a relationship with a mentor would be notified. An example is shown below.

Emails to Current Mentees regarding Mentor Availability

Sending a notification to existing mentees when their mentor becomes unavailable caused confusion. It was not clear to existing mentees that their mentor was still available to them.

Mentees already accepted by a mentor will no longer be notified when the mentor becomes available or unavailable as a recommended mentor to others joining the program. The existing mentees will still have the mentor relationship but any employees searching for a mentor will not see the unavailable mentor to select from.

General Availability – Admin Opt-Ins

If you are using the latest Home Page, managers will be able to approve or decline employee requests to be a mentor. A new approval card will show on the home page which identifies when the request was submitted and identifies the mentoring program. The manager can approve or reject the request directly from this card.

An example is shown below.

Mentor Approval Card

Latest Version Development Goal Plan

Early Adopter – Universal Updates

For early adopters using the latest version of Goal Management there a few new features that we will discuss briefly.

Mass Import Personal Goals

For early adopters using the Latest Goal Management, it is now possible to mass import personal goals into development plan through Admin Center. This functionality was not available previously for the latest version of goal management.

Improved People Selector

Users with the appropriate role based permissions will be able to search for people by name and access their goal plans.

People Selector will now include additional hierarchical relationships: a user’s matrix manager and matrix reports.

Improved People Selector

Career Explorer

Early Adopter – Universal Updates

Career Explorer is only available for customers in an Early Adopter Care (EAC) program.

Exclude Job Roles from Data Sync

With the new release, there is a universal feature that allows job roles to be excluded from data sync between your system and the People Connection. This means those job roles will not be recommended to employees in Career Explorer.

Accessed from Admin Center, go to “Manage People Connection Integration”. Select “Manage Job Roles for Data Sync”.

The new “Manage Job Roles for Data Sync” screen is seen below.

Select Job Roles to Exclude

Display Long Job Role Names in Recommended Role Card

Currently, long job role names will truncate in the recommended role card as seen below.

Truncate Job Role Names

With the new release, longer names of job roles can be displayed in full using two lines as seen below.

Complete Job Role Names

We have now covered the highlights of the Career Development related updates for 2H 2021. See our blog for 2H 2021 PM release features.

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What’s New in the 1H 2021 SAP SuccessFactors Career Development Release

Want to learn what is coming soon in SAP SuccessFactors Career Development? The latest updates for H1 2021 have been announced.

As of April 9, 2021, SAP has released their documentation for the H1 2021 release.  You can view the full set of documentation in the What’s New Viewer here.  As a reminder, preview release will be April 16 and production will be released May 21st.  For full details on the release cycle, check out the SAP SuccessFactors official product updates blog here.  For tips on how to manage a release, check out our blog here.  For your convenience, we’ve summarized the highlights of what’s new for 2021 Career Development below.

There are five universal updates related to Mentoring and one for Development Goals. Let’s take a look!

Mentoring

The mentoring features are related to the mentor program sign up process and are designed to improve the user experience.

Key Questions Indicated

In the sign up sheet, required entries are noted by a red asterisk. This ensures the mentees complete these fields prior to looking at the recommended mentors. Answering the key questions will improve the recommended mentors match.

Answers to questions will be saved but preferred mentors are not saved.

Save Sign Up Program to Complete Later

There may be times when an employee starts to enroll in a mentoring program but is not ready to commit. Maybe they need to consider their mentoring preferences further or need to check in with their manager first. The employee may start to fill out the sign up form, save it and come back to it later to make any updates prior to signing up.

There will be a “Save for Later” button that will display within the program sign up page.

Once saved, the program will appear on either the Invitations or Open Enrollment tab, whichever is applicable.

The program visible on the tab and can be easily be identified with an icon and “Saved for later” text.

Identify Mentor Requests

While filling out the sign up form, mentors that are selected from the recommended list will display a green check mark on the mentor cards.

Confirm Sign up

A mentee will see a confirmation popup when they are completing a program sign up. This gives the mentee the opportunity to confirm signing up for a mentor program. By clicking the “Complete Signup” button, the mentee is enrolled and mentor requests are submitted.

Your Mentor Requests

The Mentoring Page will contain a new section that tracks any mentor requests that a mentee has made. The “Your Mentor Requests” section allows a mentee to see the status of their mentor requests. Pending requests will appear as well as any declined requests and reasons. This feature is only applicable to open enrollment and unsupervised programs. Supervised programs rely on a matching program instead.

Mentees may also cancel any pending mentor requests.

Admin Opt-Ins for Mentoring

There is one admin opt-in available to for Mentoring.

Qualtrics Surveys for End of Mentoring Relationships

Qualtrics Surveys may now be used with Mentoring. The survey can be used when a mentor program participant opts to end the mentoring relationship. Based on how the program was configured, either the mentor or the mentee may cancel the mentoring relationship. A survey will pop up after a participant ends the mentoring relationship.

An email survey is sent to the other participant in the mentor relationship.

The feedback provided in the survey results are seen by the program owner and may be helpful when designing new mentoring programs.

In order to take advantage of this feature, Manage Qualtrics Integrations from the SAP SuccessFactors Admin Center needs to be set up.

Development Goals

Learning OData V4 Service

There is a new Learning OData V4 service. When using transcript or legacy learning activities, learning activities may be created and updated in mass to be associated with development goals and competencies.

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