SAP Simplifies Mentoring to Help Advance Talent Development

November 29, 2016

SAP SuccessFactors

SAP NEWSBYTE — November 29, 2016 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced intelligent mentoring as part of the SAP® SuccessFactors® Succession & Development solution. The new offering helps increase employee engagement and retention by replacing the often manual, intensive and subjective administrative work around mentoring programs with a comprehensive, automated approach. This announcement was made at SuccessConnect®, taking place November 28–29 in Vienna.

“HR professionals recognize mentoring as one of the most valuable things a company can provide to help employees reach their potential,” said David Ludlow, group vice president of Solution Management at SAP SuccessFactors.* “With our new mentoring capabilities, we’re helping to move from spreadsheets and instinct to intelligent mentor matching that automatically and effortlessly identifies good fits. This helps mentees get the coaching they need to develop successful careers, and mentors are able to refine their leadership skills. At SAP SuccessFactors, we’re working with innovative organizations looking to transform career planning, better cultivate talent and drive organizational strength with lasting connections based on trust and development.”

While most organizations offer mentoring programs, they require intensive matching by HR professionals and can lack accountability and tracking. The new mentoring capabilities within SAP SuccessFactors Succession & Development can automatically and intelligently match mentors based on skills and competencies to help ensure mentoring is equitable and inclusive — creating an optimal match between mentor and mentee. Through a metrics-driven approach and planned real-time feedback surveys and reporting, HR can efficiently track progress and employee development.

“A successful mentor-mentee relationship is critical for an employee’s short- and long-term success, but it was difficult to find the right matches and track the success of our programs,” said Jenny Dearborn, senior vice president and chief learning officer of SAP. “SAP participated in the mentoring beta program, and employee feedback has been very positive. The new mentoring functionality will assist us in innovating our employee development program, helping to create a better employee experience and providing results to track progress and success — all while helping to reduce the time and cost of HR supervisors manually assigning mentors.”

The new mentoring capabilities consider criteria such as skills, competencies and employee location during the matching process and provide immediate recommendations on ideal employee matches, helping to ensure all mentees are intelligently matched — quickly performing a task that often times takes up to three weeks when completed manually. Additionally, reporting and metrics dashboards help make it easier to track success, and tight integration with the SAP SuccessFactors Talent Management Suite and the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite allows mentoring to be included in onboarding, learning, succession and other talent management processes. With up-to-date data, direct access to employee profile or job role information, and dedicated collaboration space, HR is better equipped for seamless and continuous talent management.

Mentoring as part of SAP SuccessFactors Succession & Development is now available as of the Q4 2016 release. You can learn more here.

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