Aside from enabling appropriate settings in Provisioning and uploading the Data models, another essential part of the Employee Central configuration setup is creating picklists. Picklists determine the information that gets displayed typically as a dropdown menu. SAP SuccessFactors provides a Master Picklist file which can be downloaded from the SAP Software Download Center.
The Employee Central master picklist MDF zip file is comprehensive and contains picklist values for many countries. The zip file includes the following:
HRIS Picklist values: These are used in Employee Central.
Miscellaneous Picklist values: These are used in talent modules.
Delta Picklist values: These are the new picklist values rolled out with the enhancement release.
When working with the Master Picklist from the Software Download Center, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Some picklists and picklist values might already exist in an Employee Central-enabled environment.
- The zip file only includes picklist values. Consultants are recommended to create a separate import file for the picklists before importing the picklist values file. Delete from the file any picklists and picklist values that already exist in the system before uploading.
- The file from the portal is massive and could need some revision if consultants only want to import values relevant to the implemented countries.
- Zip import option is available for uploading Picklist and Picklist values, but only if you want to do a Full Purge. Use the CSV import option for incremental upload.
A validation check is available in Check Tool to identify invalid picklist references in person and employment elements. This feature saves time in identifying issues and taking corrective actions.