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freesaphr 03-04-2009 07:37 PM

Topic 29: Work Schedules
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You store working and break times for groups of employees in this component. This then allows to you to structure working times for your enterprise. You can define work schedules with flextime models or rotating shifts for particular organizational units. You can also set up the legislative regulations, collective agreements and internal company policies that stipulate employee working time in your system.

Implementation Considerations
The Work Schedule is an essential element of Human Resources. Human Resources data is an extension of information entered in a work schedule. The Work Schedule component optimizes SAP Human Resources and saves the user valuable time when defining the working time model for your enterprise.
The work schedule is the information medium for all employees who work on time-based schedules. It also contains a detailed overview of all working times. In addition to setting up working times and break times, you can use the work schedule for scheduling and monitoring the organization and coordination of all divisions in your enterprise.

freesaphr 03-04-2009 07:38 PM


Possible Integration with Other Human Resources Components
Desired Function
Required Component
Determining attendance/absence times of an employee for whole-day attendance/absence.
Time Data Recording (PT-RC)
Evaluating employee working times
Time Evaluation (PT-EV)
Running the Payroll for an Employee
Payroll (PY)
Planning and recording working times
Shift Planning (PT-SP)

Possible Integration with Other SAP Components
Desired Function
Required Component
Determining employee availability for capacity planning and distribution of requirements

freesaphr 03-04-2009 07:38 PM

Work schedules are based on a number of elements that can be used separately, or be combined to define working times and break times for the employees in your enterprise. Thus, you can define these elements in a variety of ways, depending on individual business requirements. This "pool" of elements enables you to set up new versions of work schedules by combining the elements in a variety of ways. You can then react to new working time provisions and other such regulations without wasting valuable time and costs.

In a work schedule, you can:
  • Determine working and break times
  • Assign different public holiday calendars to different organizational units in your enterprise
  • Create work situations for your enterprise
such as different shift models for different places of work, or different public holiday calendars for subsidiaries of your enterprise that are based in another area.
  • Define public holidays
In this way, for example, you can distinguish between public holidays when payment demands occur. You can define, for example, that if employees work on a Christmas public holiday, the remuneration should be greater than if they work on any other public holiday. Similarly, you can also define that only employees of a specific religious denomination should be granted the relevant religious public holidays.
You do not have to define working times and break times for each employee individually; you can simply assign the separate elements of the work schedule to employee subgroup groupings and personnel subarea groupings. Work schedules become personal work schedules only when the employee is actually assigned to an employee subgroup or personnel subarea.

In this way, you get the most flexibility when designing your working time models and simultaneously save valuable time that would have been spent on data entry, as well as reducing related processing costs.
A break schedule can be assigned to several different daily work schedules, and thus only needs to be defined once. By assigning a break schedule to several daily work schedules, you are actually creating a number of different work schedules.

freesaphr 03-04-2009 07:39 PM

Work Schedule Elements


A work schedule consists of several different elements that can be combined much like building blocks in a variety of ways to form a complete work schedule. These elements can still be processed individually, offering flexibility and precision when you define and set up the time data relevant for your business requirements. Furthermore, you can react to changes in internal and external working time provisions, such as new collective agreements, payscale changes and legislative regulations with minimal expenditure of time and costs. You only have to modify the applicable element to reflect the new time provisions, and changes are automatically made to working time in the work schedule.

Use: The following elements are available and allow you to do the following:

  1. Daily Work Schedules are the smallest units of the work schedule. Daily work schedules contain the authorized working times and break times for a particular day. These times include fixed working times, flextime, as well as daily work schedules for days off.
    See also
    Break Schedules.
  2. Each working time model contains a combination of both working days and days off (for example, Monday to Friday = work; Saturday and Sunday = days off). This pattern of working and non-working days repeats itself within a certain period of time (one week, for example), or repeats as rotating shifts within a particular number of weeks.
    This sequence of daily work schedules for particular working days and daily work schedules for days off is determined in the
    Period Work Schedules.
  3. A period work schedule is assigned to employee in a Work Schedule Rule. It is also assigned to a public holiday calendar so that it can be applied to a specific calendar month.
  4. Work Schedules are generated from the system by applying the work schedule rule to a calendar. The working times defined for employee groupings and individual employees are based on these work schedules.
  5. Personal Work Schedules are created for each employee when you include individual time data in a work schedule meant for several employees in the time infotypes Absences (2001), Attendances (2002), Substitutions (2003) and so on.
Daily Work Schedule
Start and End of Working Time
Break Times
Planned Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Breaks: 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
7.5 hours per day
Daily Work Schedule (for days off)
Planned Hours
Day Off
0.0 hours per day
Period Work Schedules

Flextime, Saturday and Sunday Off
Daily work schedules for one week
Work Schedule
Period work schedule based on the public holiday calendar
Personal Work Schedules
Work schedules for individual employees include data from Absences (2001), Attendances (2002) and Substitutions (2003).
For more information, see the Work Schedules section of the Implementation Guide (IMG) for Personnel Time Management.

freesaphr 03-04-2009 07:40 PM

Personnel Subarea Groupings
: Scheduling working times for each area of your enterprise is a time-intensive process. You can reduce time and cost expenditure when scheduling working times by grouping together organizational units that require the same work schedules.

You set up your desired work schedules in the Customizing steps in the Work Schedules section of the Implementation Guide (IMG) for Personnel Time Management. To create work schedules, set up the following groupings:

  • Organizational units where employees have the same working times. Here you create personnel groups and personnel subgroups. This enables you to group together divisions or plans that work according to the same regional or local working time provisions. Any type of legal change, such as a new working time provision stipulating that only 4 hours may be worked on Sundays, can be carried out in one step at one time for all elements of this group.
  • Employee subgroups — members of group work according to the same working times. Here you create employee subgroup groupings such as hourly wage earners, salaried employees, trainees, and so on. This enables you to group together employees who work according to the same work schedule rules, such as flextime, 3-shift operations, and so on. Even working time provisions in collective agreements, such as employees having a shift off after a night shift, can be carried out at one time for all elements of this group.
Your enterprise consists of several organizational units, which are located in different cities. The personnel area Pharmacy is divided into the following personnel subareas:
City A (0001)
City B (0002)
City C (0003)
The personnel subareas A and C have the same work schedule; personnel subarea B has its own work schedule. In addition, the personnel subareas A and C work 40 hours per week; personnel subarea B works only 35 hours per week. Create the following groupings:
Personnel Subarea Groupings (PSG) for Work Schedules (WS)
0001 City A Grpg PSG for DWS 02
0002 City B Grpg PSG for DWS 01
0003 City C Grpg PSG for DWS 02

You define two work schedules as flextime models, one for 40 hours per week, the other for 35 hours per week. Assign flextime with 40 hours per week to the personnel subarea grouping for daily work schedule 02 (Grpg PSG for DWS) and the flextime with 35 hours a weeks to the personnel subarea grouping for daily work schedule 01 (Gprg PSG for DWS).

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