Overall Satisfaction with Workday Human Capital Management
Workday HCM is being utilized by virtually everyone in the firm. It has been implemented for dashboards, tracking, reporting, and increased business use function. However, all employees will be on-boarded through Workday. Their reviews will occur within Workday. Job changes as well as salary changes will occur within Workday. One time payments will be entered and approved in Workday. Benefit selections will be made by employees in Workday. Workflows (business processes) have been built to route to the appropriate team for approvals for each specific task. Several integrations are coming out of Workday, as this has become our record of source for the company. It integrates seamlessly with ADP Vantage, and I have also used it with ADP Enterprise version 5 (Ev5). The company has been able to gather additional information to make better informed business decisions, to thereby steer the company into the future.
- The reporting analytics are truly fantastic! I have been able to gather any information I can dream up from its reporting capabilities. I currently have several reports running for new hires, terminations, LOAs, retro pay changes, a report that pulls specific documents in upload categories (terrific!), all employee payroll info for auditing payroll data, and so on. The only thing to remember is to pull reports based on effective dates and approval dates, which are considered two different options in Workday. If not, transactions can be missed.
- Working with my auditors is easier than ever! I just print off the new hire or termination business process flow. This documents each step of the process with a date, time stamp, as well as comments of the approver. I have had no push back on the information provided from Workday in an audit.
- The back button! In most data systems, there is a home key, or search button that has to be hit after clicking within an employee's file. In Workday, the back button can be hit in any screen to take you to the previous screen. It is wonderful!
- Workday allows the capability to drill down to the most minute detail. Simply by clicking on the item, with security permission permitting, it allows drilling down to each item within the system. This allows for truly learning the system, and learning the values of the selections being processed.
- Workday HCM does not have the functionality to hold state tax elections unless the payroll module is purchased. A workaround at my last company was to create a document category, and then have the employee upload the tax documents. A report was ran at payroll submission to pull these documents. The down side was that they then had to be manually processed into payroll. At my current company, the tax elections, both state and federal, are made in ADP - a business process is programmed within on-boarding that takes the employees outside of Workday to make these elections and then brings them back in to finish the on-boarding process. I'm sure Workday does this as a way to up-sell their product. However, it has resulted into a drawback and hindrance instead.
- At my last company, there were 13 US pay groups, with several hundred locations, cost centers, and so on. It would be great if Workday had the ability to limit the selection of cost centers and locations based on pay group. For example, for one company/pay group, there are only a certain number of valid locations and cost centers. However, Workday allowed any cost center or location to be chosen for the employee. This caused integration failures into ADP US and ADP Canada when invalid locations and cost centers were chosen.
- As Workday is the record of source, all allowances should be entered and approved in this system. In theory, it should flow to payroll from here, with the charge number, and then on to the GL. In my current company, many types of allowances are used with many different charge numbers. The charge numbers may not match the home department for the employee as the employees work on many different projects, and the allowances are subject to change based on the project. The charge numbers on the allowances could conceivably change each month for some employees. For one-time payments, a work around with work tags were able to be utilized in a customization field with the charge numbers so that the integrations from Workday would bring over both the one-time payment with the charge number. Allowances do not have that capability. This was a big problem for my current company, and one we are still working thru. It appears that a report will be downloaded from Workday from our data management team, and then input into FileMaker with the charge numbers from there. Then, an output will be sent to payroll. It is taking quite a bit of maneuvering and extra work. No one is very happy with our work around or the fact charge numbers could not be entered.
Workday is much more intuitive than PeopleSoft. It also touches everyone in the company, where PeopleSoft is more behind the scenes. The reporting module is much more in depth. In addition, the customization is what you make of it in Workday, while Peoplesoft is more of a prepackaged product. Workday is the wave of the future, and where software is going - it is all cloud-based, has a great mobile app. It is easy to use, and auditors love it!