Going Global with the HCM Management of Global Employees Component

  • by Greg Newman, HCM Consultant, Newhit Ltd.
  • August 15, 2008
Learn how to use the HCM Management of Global Employees component to control every aspect of sending an employee to work abroad — from the planning phase to repatriation.
Key Concept

The HCM Management of Global Employees component is designed to streamline the processes involved in moving employees between countries. It contains a set of infotypes and actions that controls the key processes of international assignments. The component is designed for use by multinational companies that use SAP HCM in both home and host countries; it is not designed to interface with third-party HR systems. This component first appeared in SAP Release 4.7 and is available in every release after that.

Packing up your home and moving to some strange and exotic country for an international assignment is stressful enough without having to worry if the HR department has everything ready. Stories of employees arriving at the airport to find visas have not been finalized, the right accommodation was not organized, and the children were not enrolled in a local school are all too common among the expatriate community.

The HCM Management of Global Employees component helps you avoid these situations. It takes your existing processes and helps you increase their efficiency and accuracy by giving you a framework for processing, recording, and monitoring international assignments. As with all components of HCM, the more time you invest working out what your requirements, current practices and processes, and goals are, the more it will meet your company’s requirements.

You can find the settings for implementing Management of Global Employees under the Personnel Management section in the IMG and at http://help.sap.com. Before you can implement this component, you need to activate it for your system by performing the activity Activate Management of Global Employees in the section Global Settings of the IMG. Though not a particularly large component, it requires a lot of groundwork before the build stage begins to ensure that the requirements are adequately documented and the new solution meets the needs of the countries that will work with it.

Greg Newman

Greg Newman is originally from New Zealand, and has been implementing and supporting HR and Payroll systems since 1999. He has worked on numerous SAP HR and Payroll implementations for Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and several other international rollouts. Currently Greg is a managing consultant working for Newhit HR and Payroll Solutions in England.

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