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2353642 - What is the importance of Position Types?


What is the importance of Position Types?

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Position Types can be used to influence standard system behavior. It is a field (with Name type) in Position object's definition. It can have either of the following two values:

  1. Regular Position (RP): Only one incumbent can be assigned to the position
  2. Shared Position (SP): More than one incumbents can be assigned to the position

Use of Position Types should be enabled / disabled from Admin Center -> Position Management Settings -> General tab -> Use Position Types.



The following standard system behaviors are influenced by use of Position Types.

  1. Trigger a workflow if position changes have been synchronized to incumbents.
  2. To whom direct reports should be transferred when the current manager leaves his/her position.
  3. Whether reporting line should be adapted when position hierarchy is changed.
  4. How Job Relationships are adapted.
  5. Manage Transition Periods for more than one position.

Please note that it is possible to create more Position Types apart from RP and SP from Manage Data -> Position Type. If you want to create position types of your own in addition to the default position types, go to Manage Data and choose Create New Position Type. To proceed, you must choose one of the delivered custom position codes (Custom Position 1, Custom Position 2, and so on).

See Also

 Implementing Position Management: Position Types


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