in this blog, I wanted to discuss about – Name Formats functionality in Employee Central.
Many software products only support the Western name format, which is first name, middle name, last name. But this is quite awkward for many countries in the world as different countries have different customs, e.g. In China it is common to have the name format as Last name followed by First name. In Spain, it is a common practice to include mothers last name as middle name. In India, it is even more complicated, with different cultures co-existing together. e.g. in Tamil Nadu, a state in India, it’s common to have initial of the father’s name in place of the last name. In Andhra Pradesh, they use the first letter of the ancestor’s town in the beginning and so on.
In Employee Central, customers can define their preferred name format per company. They can either select one of the 60 country specific formats we deliver, or configure a new one by assembling various name elements. This defined name format becomes the default for all employees. However an employee can overwrite the default so that the Chinese employee working in an Indian company can keep his Chinese name.
The formatted name accordingly can be used for various reporting features as well as in people search.
Isnt’ that a cool feature?