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2535471 - Mentoring: Creating Supervised or Unsupervised Programs


How to create supervised and unsupervised programs in Mentoring?


SAP SuccessFactors Succession & Development (Mentoring)


Using Mentoring to manage your development programs replaces the traditional, bulky, and manual processes and the spreadsheets that go with them. Mentoring provides you with the tools you need to define the program, invite mentors and mentees to participate, and then monitor the program to closing. You have the flexibility to define both supervised and unsupervised programs. The major difference being whether or not your mentoring administrator is involved in the matching phase of the program.


  1. Go to  Admin Center > Tools > Manage Mentoring Programs.
    Your program overview page is where you'll find all your programs, grouped by status:
    • Not Started

      These mentoring programs have not started yet and may still require input. For example, mentors or mentees may still be signing up or you may need to review the matching (in supervised programs).

    • In-progress

      These mentoring programs have started and will run until their designated end dates or until you manually close them.

    • Finished

      These mentoring programs have reached their end dates and are no longer active.

  2. Click Create New Program.
  3. Choose the type of program you want to create.
    • Supervised: In supervised matching, the administrator auto-generates and manually edits matches and the program dates strictly control the program process. For example, mentor sign-up ends when mentee sign-up starts.
    • Unsupervised: In unsupervised matching, the system provides guidance but mentees make direct requests to mentors. The program dates are also more flexible in unsupervised programs. For example, mentor sign-ups can continue even after mentee sign-up starts.  However once the program is officially begun no more participants can be added.
    • Note: If a mentor or mentee rejects the invitaion they cannot particpate in the program

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Next Steps

Follow the steps in the wizard-like user interface to finish setting up your new program.


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