Workday for Human Resources


Human Resources functions in Workday cover the full range of employee events, from hiring to separation, and connects real-time to Finance and Payroll functions. This page shares guides and videos on how to take action on important events during an employee’s lifecycle and during each pay period.

New Absence Calendar experience coming in May

On May 4, 2024, Modernization will launch several major enhancements to the Absence Calendar in Workday that will make the way employees request and manage their absence quicker, easier, and more transparent.

These updates will change the look and feel of several key Absence pages and tasks, which will impact all employees who request time off or leave of absence in Workday, as well as those who manage absence on behalf of employees in their department or area.

As part of our communications to the WSU community, we will reach out directly with key updates to those who perform Absence tasks for their employees or departments, such as HR Partners, Timekeepers, Time Approvers, and Managers.

You can learn more by reviewing the news article that explains what employees can expect, and by watching several videos demonstrating the new features:

Essentials for HR Professionals

The following links provide guidance for those performing human resource functions in Workday, such as how to run a report, view the next steps in a business process, and delegate tasks when you’re out of the office.

Business Process Information

HR Dates



Important HR/Human Capital Management Concepts

View replays of the Elevating Cougs conference sessions and download presentation materials.

For additional reference guides, video tutorials, and conference replays about navigation, security, and general Workday activities, visit the Workday for Employees page.

Workday Support

Learn which reports you need and how to find the information you are looking for at the resources below:

Learn More About…

Review these resources for more info about employee types, classifications, and important HR policies.

Managing Key Employee Events

The following links help Recruiters, HR Partners, and Compensation Partners manage employee events such as recruiting, hiring, job changes, and separation.

How to create and fill a position

Learn more about the Online Position Description & Recruitment System (OPDRS) at the Human Resource Services website.

Taking actions on positions in your supervisory organizations

Elevating Cougs Replays

Reference Guides

Managing Employees’ Time and Leave

The following links help HR Partners, Timekeepers and Time Approvers enter and approve time and leave for their employees.

For a comprehensive list of Time Entry Codes, review the Time Entry Codes and How to Use Them reference guide.

Payroll Cutoff Activities

Reviewing employees’ time worked and schedules

Entering Time Types and Shift Differential

Reviewing employees’ Time Off, Leave, Absence, and Leave Without Pay