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Simplify the setup of your next compensation cycle – Fall 2020

Hello Compensation Experts,

Many of you may be preparing for your organization’s upcoming Compensation Planning from a remote location. To facilitate this activity, we wanted to share in advance an exciting new feature that is planned for the November 2020 release.

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation is the market leader due to its flexibility in accommodating each organization’s unique rewards philosophy and structure.  However, sometimes this flexibility causes additional complexity in the setup, adding to the cost of ownership.  With this new feature, you will be able to apply eligibility rules to custom fields in the same manner that they have historically been applied to standard fields, greatly simplifying the setup process.  This feature allows you to set up budgets to reflect custom field eligibility for your next Compensation review cycle.

Let’s start by asking few basic questions related to this topic.

  • Are you looking for ways to simplify the setup of your organization’s compensation template?
  • Have you ever configured different workarounds to disable custom columns on the worksheet?
  • Have you ever implemented a workaround to exclude ineligible users from custom budgets?
  • Will you be interested in learning a new approach to optimize budget configurations?
  • Are you planning for your organization’s next compensation cycle this Fall?

If the questions above capture the issues you are facing while configuring the budgets for your compensation review cycle, please read on.

Remember – your next compensation cycle starts when your current compensation cycle ends, and planning is a year-long process!

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Total Rewards professionals often use highly complex budget configurations as part of their compensation planning process. And quite often they extend the standard budget configuration offering by using complex custom calculations to derive their overall budget. Compensation budgets based on custom fields do not exclude employees from the overall budget, if they were ineligible for focal planning or had partial eligibility. This behavior is different from the budgets which are based on the compensation standard fields like merit, promotion etc. For instance, if an employee is ineligible for merit then this employee will not be considered for merit budget calculation however if an employee is ineligible for a custom field then they will contribute to the budget for custom field even though the manager can’t plan for the employee.

As a result, organizations must use workarounds using additional fields and lookup tables to override the budget to 0 for the ineligible employee, which adds to the complexity of the process. With SAP SuccessFactors Compensation handling the custom field eligibility in the budget calculations, the planning process for focal planning cycle will be greatly simplified.

What works and what doesn’t?

You can enable up to 20 custom columns with the eligibility flag and the following custom field datatypes are supported for enabling field eligibility.

  • Money
  • Amount
  • String
  • Date
  • Decimal
  • Percent

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Note – The custom field should be marked as reportable to enable the eligibility flag.

Configuration Details

Here, I’ll try to highlight the current difference in behavior between the handling of eligibility in the budgets based on standard fields versus custom fields.

As an example, we have the same budget configuration for standard field ‘merit’ and custom field ‘customMerit’ in the compensation template.

<budget-calc useFor=”salary” budgetOn=”customMerit” mode=”PercentOfCustomField” basedOn=”template” includeIneligible=”false” prorating=”false” hidePercentage=”false” useFinalPayoutForVPBudget=”false” baseCustomField=”customBudgetBase” applyRounding=”true”>100.0</budget-calc>

<budget-calc useFor=”salary” budgetOn=”merit” mode=”PercentOfCustomField” basedOn=”template” includeIneligible=”false” prorating=”false” hidePercentage=”false” useFinalPayoutForVPBudget=”false” baseCustomField=”customBudgetBase” applyRounding=”true”>100.0</budget-calc>

If we launch the worksheet based on this configuration with all users as eligible then the budget is correctly calculated as $60000 for both Merit and Custom Merit fields.

If one of the employees (Olsen Julie) becomes ineligible for a merit recommendation, then the standard merit budget is updated accordingly to reflect the eligibility change and the field is grayed out on the worksheet. However, the custom budget is not updated, and the field is also editable.

With the H2 2020 release, we will be adding a new attribute at the field level named “Enable Rules Eligibility” and the corresponding XML value being “enableEligibility”.

  • Navigate to the Admin Center.
  • In the Tools search field, type Compensation Home.
  • Open the Compensation template and navigate to the Design Worksheet page.
  • Select the custom field from the
  • If you want to enable this field for eligibility rules, then mark this attribute as checked or directly set it to true in the XML.
  • Save the Compensation template.

  • Once the template is saved, you will see this field in the template Eligibility page.
  • Update the eligibility for Custom Merit to No.
  • Save and apply the rule.

  • Run the mass update job with update budget and eligibility settings as checked.
  • Open the worksheet.
  • You will see that Custom Merit budget is updated correctly to reflect the eligibility and Custom Merit field is grayed out for the ineligible user.

  • Generate the Compensation Eligibility Ad-hoc report for this template.
  • You will see that the custom fields with Enable Rules Eligibility as checked and with a matching eligibility rule are available for selection.
  • This report is also available via SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) application.

Thank You!

We love to hear from our customers! Please provide your feedback in the comment section below.

Also, help answer the following questions:

  • What do you think is currently working and not working with this solution?
  • Is there anything you think we should add?
  • If you are interested in configuring custom column eligibility for your next compensation planning cycle, what use case will you try to address?

We will use this space to collaborate, share and learn from each other on this topic!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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