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Whitaker-Taylor Insights

Talent Development and the Career Worksheet

Jul 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Sean Flores

One of the highest demands in any workplace, spanning all industries, is the need to assess, evaluate and develop talent. Whether you’re a sports General Manager keeping a close eye on the mock draft boards, or a Vice President of Talent Management looking for the best solution to monitor skill gaps, there is a certainty that top talent is vital to a productive workforce. SuccessFactors identifies this as a key necessity and continues to offer tools that facilitate talent development by continuously enhancing the Career Development Planning module, with arguably the best tool for talent assessment, the Career Worksheet.

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The Career Worksheet, a component of the Career Development Planning suite, allows you to gain in-depth understanding of the effort required to attain a future role, what competencies are vital to your development, and even what gaps need to be filled. Once roles are defined for evaluation, the Career Worksheet allows you to rate yourself, as well as gather a manager rating, via the Readiness Assessment, which generates your role readiness. This lessens the subjectivity of humans and displays what key components have been met versus which ones need further evaluation using competency/behavior assessments. The Readiness Meter is the feature that gives you this insight.

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 One of the other key features of the Career Worksheet is the soft integration point with another Career Development feature, the Career Path.

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 In short, the Career Path allows you to answer the question, “Where do I go next?”. The career nodes, which are the blocks that contain the role information, contain information such as competencies and skills associated with a specific role, role information, and even a job description. When these are configured to display on your Career Worksheet, you will have more insight to what roles closely align with your current skillset and which roles are directly related to your current role.

 Last, but certainly not least, with the growth of the SuccessFactors system, we are also seeing more and more platform enhancements that have system-wide integration points. Job Profile Builder is a platform tool that allows for profiles and job descriptions to be more intuitive. While it is not required for your Career Worksheet, it is a great tool that enhances your user experience in the Career Development Planning suite, specifically the Career Worksheet. One of these enhancements comes by way of the Job Profile via the career nodes.

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 This tool allows you to gain visibility into key elements of the job role, such as competencies, skills, job description, and education requirements. When assessing developmental needs, there is no better tool that outlines the requirements than the Job Profile.

 As outlined above, the benefits of the Career Worksheet are in abundance, from the intuitive nature of how to assess readiness, to the soft integration points with Career Pathing and Job Profile Builder. As a decision maker, I would say to ask yourself one question: am I ready to take talent development to the next level? If your answer is yes, then you need look no further than the Career Worksheet as a key component of the SuccessFactors Career Development Planning module.

Thank you for taking the time today to read our highlights of the Career Worksheet feature within SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite. Please reach out to info@whitakertaylor.com for more information and insight into the SuccessFactors realm.

Topics: SuccessFactors, Career Development Planning, Job Profle Builder, Career Worksheet

Sean Flores
Written by: Sean Flores