How to Add Extra Columns to the Shift Planning Screen

  • by Kees Bond, Principal Consultant, CIBER Netherlands BV
  • July 1, 2014
Learn how to add extra columns to the SAP shift planning screen. Some of the benefits of using shift planning are the ability to set up groups of employees (e.g., organizational structures); create plans by work schedule, qualification, or by availability; and evaluate employees’ working hours during the planning process.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Create an extra information column in shift planning
  • Add logic to the extra columns so data is visible in shift planning
Key Concept
Shift planning is a tool for both employees and managers (shift planners). Shift planning provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface that allows managers or shift planners to create a shift plan for a group of employees where employees can record their actual shifts.

SAP shift planning is used to create and maintain shift planning for employees. During the planning, it is crucial that the planner have access to all relevant items of the employee to be able to make a good plan for a certain period. The SAP system offers some columns that can be added to the planning screen, such as employee number, department, and normal working hours. If a planner wants to see other data that is not available in the standard SAP system, such as the work schedule of the employee, this data can be added by adding an extra column to shift planning. You need to create a function module to fill this column with the required data. The function module fetches the data from infotype 0007 in the SAP ERP HCM system.

The functionality discussed in this article is available from SAP version R/3 4.5C onward.

Kees Bond

Kees Bond is a senior HCM consultant and ABAP consultant with 17 years of experience with SAP. He followed an HBO education in Amsterdam and lives in the Netherlands.

He started his SAP career in the first Dutch hospital to implement SAP. He was responsible for the implementation of the HCM module components PA, OM, time, and payroll. Currently, Kees is working as a principal consultant for CIBER Netherlands BV.

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