SAP ERP HCM Performance Management: New Features in Enhancement Pack 4 (Part 2)

  • by Venki Krishnamoorthy, Independent SAP ERP HCM Functional Consultant
  • September 25, 2009
Learn how to create team goals and cascade them to your team. Also, see how you can perform team calibration and have the new calibrated final rating updated automatically in the appraisal documents.
Key Concept

SAP ERP HCM Performance Management enhancement package 4 became available for ramp-up customers in October 2008 and widely available in May 2009. Enhancement package 4 has a new user interface and a new role called talent management specialist. With talent management specialist, managers and talent management specialists can create, maintain, and cascade the company or corporate goals and the values. They can also create and conduct talent review meetings and maintain talent groups. Enhancement package 4 also allows managers to create appraisal documents either as a predefined performance management system or as a flexible performance management system.

SAP ERP HCM Performance Management enhancement package 4 offers features that are helpful to managers and talent management specialists, but the two most helpful are cascading goals and team calibration. With cascading goals, you can create goals and cascade the goals to the team, organization, or only select employees (based on which goal is created and for whom the particular goal is more relevant). To implement cascading goals, you no longer need to implement other SAP modules. Team calibration in enhancement package 4 has a number of changes and improvements from the earlier version. The direct reports of the manager are displayed in a grid format. The manager can review the appraisal document of an employee from the calibration grid.

I will explain how a manager can create team goals and cascade the goal to her team. Later in the article, I will explain how to perform team calibration and how the manager can change the final appraisal rating by dragging and dropping the employee into the appropriate grid. Upon saving the calibration, the final ratings are automatically updated in an employee’s appraisal document.

Venki Krishnamoorthy

Venki Krishnamoorthy is an author, speaker, and SAP ERP HCM talent management solutions subject-matter expert. He is currently an independent SAP ERP HCM functional consultant. Venki has over 10 years of experience as a functional lead, project manager, and program manager in the HCM space. Besides implementing SAP HCM solutions, he has implemented and acted as a trusted advisor on SAP ERP HCM talent management implementations, including E-Recruiting, HCM Performance Management, Succession Planning, SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa, Learning Solutions, and Employee Self-Service and Manager Self-Services. He is the coauthor of three books: E-Recruiting with SAP ERP HCM, SAP ERP HCM Infotypes: Your Quick Reference to HR Infotypes, and SAP Transaction Codes: Your Quick Reference to T-Codes in SAP ERP.

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