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Mercer | Promerit receives SAP Gold Partner Status

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SAP honors Mercer | Promerit’s HR digitization practice with the Gold Partner Status in the SAP PartnerEdge program. The award is given to exceptionally competent and successful consulting partners annually.

“We are very proud of this award,” says Simon Schwarzhaupt, Partner at Mercer | Promerit. “On the one hand, we see the Gold Status as recognition of our successful work. On the other hand, it motivates us to continue to achieve the maximum for our customers together with SAP. We are united by a long-standing partnership, into which we will continue to contribute our combined consulting expertise and experience in the future.”

SAP and Mercer | Promerit look back over a long-shared history: The two companies have been working closely together on the topic of talent management since 2002. Initially the focus was on the implementation of on-premise projects, but in the course of time the business has shifted almost entirely to the cloud. Mercer | Promerit realized the potential of Cloud solutions early on and has therefore been part of this transformation from the very beginning. Today, the team implements SAP SuccessFactors projects of all sizes and complexities. For its outstanding work it has now been rewarded with the Gold Status.

What is SAP Gold Status?

SAP honors consulting partners who have demonstrated superior performance for their customers as SAP Gold Partners. Successful customer references, technology and consulting expertise, innovative solutions, proven service and consistent quality are evaluated. The Gold Status is verified annually based on these criteria. This ensures that the status is only held by partners who continuously and sustainably meet these high standards.

Are you interested in our services or are you looking for a solution for SAP SuccessFactors?

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Simon Schwarzhaupt

Simon Schwarzhaupt
Partner

Mail: simon.schwarzhauptpromerit.com

Promerit-Management-Markus-Reidenbach

Marcus Reidenbach
Partner

Mail: marcus.reidenbachpromerit.com

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“In a crisis, winners are made”

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Risks and opportunities of the pandemic for the consulting industry

Kai Anderson, Member of the Mercer | Promerit Executive Board, gives an overview of the industry’s prospects during and after the crisis.

Germany is one of the largest consulting markets worldwide – with an annual growth rate of around 8 percent. Consulting as a success factor for the flexible acquisition of resources and know-how allows for the division of labor and reduction of vertical integration. This network structure is both a strength and a weakness, as the current situation clearly shows.

Onshoring as an opportunity

If a consequence of the corona crisis is foreseeable, then onshoring, i.e. the relocation of parts of the value added (back) to the domestic market.

This is the first good news for the consulting industry – at least for supply chain specialists. Unbundling complex supply chains requires their know-how and will keep manufacturing companies busy for the next two to four years. Further topics will follow, such as substitution and cost optimization.

This brings us to the crisis consulting topic par excellence – restructuring. And that is the second piece of good news for the consulting world. If one thing is certain in a crisis, it is the need to reduce costs, streamline structures and accelerate processes.

Good times, then, for strategy consultants who know this trade. This also applies to the diametrically opposed discipline of M&A consulting. Well-positioned, solvent companies are already identifying less well-positioned takeover candidates. The number of transactions will increase significantly in the coming months, to the delight of consultants and financial institutions specializing in this field.

The wheat separates from the chaff

The same applies to the consulting industry as a whole as to all other industries: In the crisis, winners are made. Now the wheat is being separated from the chaff, what counts now is steadfastness, foresight and the right services and products.

The consulting market will shrink this year and probably also next year. However, some consulting companies will continue to grow against the trend during this period. They will generate added value for their clients that will justify the cost of specialized temporary resources even in difficult times.

The wheat is also being separated from the chaff among company executives: Leadership weaknesses quickly become clearly visible in the crisis. No favourable business development covers up more obvious weaknesses in management. The sometimes very rigid hierarchies of traditional companies in particular will start to move.

This brings us to the last (and not quite “pure”) category of consultants, which should benefit more than average from the crisis. Many personnel consultants are already looking very closely at their portfolios in order to be able to provide their clients with suitable replacements for leadership positions that have been filled incorrectly towards the end of the year.

Don’t let this scare you: every crisis is an opportunity. An opportunity to prove yourself, to make the difference. For your team, for your company and not least for yourself.

You can read the entire article here (in German).

Your contact person:

Promerit-Team-Kai-Anderson-2017

Kai Anderson
Partner
Mail: kai.andersonpromerit.com

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„The Corona crisis is an acid test for HR!“

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In the current edition, the “Personalführung”- magazine reports on the role of HR in the time of Covid-19. Kai Anderson, partner of Promerit AG shares his opinion on this topic.

Within only a few weeks, the Corona crisis has practically paralyzed social and economic life. According to a Stepstone survey, 95 percent of respondents expect the crisis will affect society and the economy in the long-term. Additionally, 37 percent of employees are worried about job security.

The crisis has pushed HR into focus within companies: in addition to protecting employees, HR must set the course for the future.

“The Corona crisis is an acid test for HR”, emphasizes Kai Anderson, Partner of the HR consulting firm Promerit. Most companies have prioritized their employees’ health – without a doubt, the correct decision. Nonetheless, HR must reevaluate the effectiveness of their toolbox in light of this crisis.

“Communication and leadership are needed to provide people with orientation” suggests Anderson. Many HR functions have catching up to do in this area. Leadership topics need to be specifically addressed and supported by HR.

“Particularly younger leaders, less experienced with crises, need practical support in the form of training, mentoring or coaching” says Anderson. “Work organization and codetermination are standard within HR, the topic of virtual collaboration however, is still done on a freestyle basis in many organizations.”

In most companies, the first crisis management step was to transition- practically overnight – to working from home. According to Anderson, “through the now necessary use of digital working methods and corresponding tools, many leaders are experiencing the digital transformation in a time lapse”. And many, who dismissed or even actively opposed these methods have now realized – they actually work.

In Anderson’s view, companies that have combined trusted and effective methods with digital tools have a clear advantage: “simply transferring the boring, old working formats point-by-point to new technologies is not going to make work any better”. He expects the percentage of virtual work in projects to increase by 20 to 30 percent due to the Corona crisis; he also sees this as a win-win situation for companies, employees and the environment.

The whole article is available for you to read here. (In German)

Your contact person:

Promerit-Team-Kai-Anderson-2017

Kai Anderson
Partner
Mail: kai.andersonpromerit.com

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SAP SuccessFactors Compensation

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Don’t miss the latest Implementation Design Principle Document for SAP SuccessFactors Compensation!

Globally operating companies must take into account all the different industry- and country-specific regulations on employee compensation in their annual salary adjustments. This becomes a challenge at the latest when companies want to introduce an internationally harmonized compensation planning process. SAP SuccessFactors Compensation is a global solution that helps companies streamline and standardize their annual compensation planning process.

Based on the experience of implementing the Compensation Module in several multinational companies, Mercer | Promerit, in cooperation with SAP, has written an Implementation Design Principle (IDP) to provide best practice for customers and other implementation partners (who may not have the technical expertise in this area). The focus of the IDP is to explain how different regulatory requirements can be met with a global form using integration with the core module Employee Central.

Please find the document here.

Simon Schwarzhaupt

Simon Schwarzhaupt
Partner
simon.schwarzhauptpromerit.com

Promerit-Team-Lisa-Moeller

Lisa Möller
Senior Consultant
lisa.moellerpromerit.com

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Best Consultants 2020

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We are part of it again!

The business magazine brandeins and Statista have again chosen the best consultants in Germany for 2020. Mercer | Promerit made it onto the list of the best in the categories “Human Resources & Coaching” and “Change Management”. This means that we can call ourselves “Best Consultants” for the fifth time in a row. We are particularly proud of the fact that we have continuously improved and, together with our colleagues from Mercer Germany, are among the top places in the “Human Resources and Coaching” category.

The award is based on both expert assessments and client recommendations. A total of around 1,500 executives from companies of all sizes took part in the survey.

We appreciate the recognition – especially during these challenging times. We would like to thank our customers and colleagues for the great feedback and we are very pleased about the trust they have placed in us! In addition, our thanks of course also go to our employees. For many years now, their commitment has ensured a consistently high quality of consulting.

Further information on the survey and the procedure as well as on the list of the best can be found in the current issue of the brandeins magazine (March-May, 12 Euro) or online at https://www.brandeins.de/magazine/brand-eins-thema/unternehmensberater-2020/methodik-hinweise .

 

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