Motivating Your Employees to Perform at Their Best during these Challenging Times

 Written by: Catarina Sarmento, SAP SuccessFactors Consultant, Gavdi Group

The coronavirus pandemic has brought massive change to all our lives. Before now, times were changing at a rapid pace due to technological innovation. Now, this is catalyzed even further by the ever growing human need for new services, solutions, and ways of engagement, due to face to face interaction being so limited.

A lot of business’s have found it harder to adjust to this new virtual environment and these new virtual requirements, especially ones where building customer rapport and trust is at the forefront of a successful interaction.

We have all had to try and adjust to this new norm, and as a consultant I have had to become more responsive and thoughtful on how I approach this new norm. We have seen how organisations have had to embrace new digital capabilities because of the need to enable their teams to work remotely.

Today, we are witnessing a seismic shift in how and where people work. In this changing world of work, an organization’s ability to stay connected and engaged with their distributed workforce is critical to ensuring business continuity and sustained success. Improving the rewards experience for your remote workforce and maintaining a positive workplace culture has never been so important.

In my professional experience, one such solution that delivers meaningful rewards experiences that are personalized, relevant, and timely for employees is SAP SuccessFactors Compensation.

As part of the SAP HXM suite, SAP SuccessFactors Compensation solution helps you build and manage strategic compensation programs that align with the needs of your employees, your business, and your budget. SAP SuccessFactors Compensation is a solution designed to standardize the compensation planning for managers. Compensation professionals are assured that rewards are not just calculated correctly, but fairly, to help retain top performers.

“A great rewards experience is about acknowledging people – whether individuals or teams – for their successes.”

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation is a template-based salary and long-term incentive (stock) planning solution that provides the following benefits:

  • Manage salary and long-term incentive planning easily
  • Eliminate manager bias
  • Increase insight with metrics
  • Improve budget and regulatory compliance
  • Assure data integrity


COVID-19 has significantly impacted us all over the past few weeks and will continue to disrupt our economy, work life and personal life for months to come. Staying connected with our team at this time and instilling motivation is more important than ever.

In the 2019 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trend survey, only 38% of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with work-related tools and technology. Clearly, there is an opportunity for improvement here – The current environment might prove to be the catalyst for companies to start addressing what truly motivates its employees. I personally hope so!

Catarina Sarmento is an SAP SuccessFactors Consultant since January 2017. During the course of that time, she has been fully dedicated to implementing and supporting SAP SuccessFactors projects at Gavdi Group. She has worked on several projects nationally and internationally (implementation and support of Compensation Module, Variable Pay, and support of Recruiting and LMS modules). Catarina has a strong Human Resources background, both academically and professionally having spent 4 years working in the distribution sector and the financial sector.



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