Integrated Service Center

Current Release: Workday 30

Last updated Thursday, May 24, 2018

Keep an eye on this page for more information about future Workday releases.

Workday Releases: Overview

Twice a year, in September and March, Workday – UW’s integrated, cloud-based human resource and payroll operations system – releases major feature upgrades designed to increase functionality and enhance the user experience. On this page, learn about what changes you can expect; what steps, if any, you might need to take to prepare for the new upgrade; and what dates Workday will be unavailable during this routine maintenance.

Workday releases are numeric, similar to Apple’s iPhone iOS upgrades (eg, iOS 6, iOS 7, etc). Workday 30 was released on March 10, 2018.

New Features and Enhancements in Workday 30

A few exciting changes were introduced with this round of planned updates, the most noticeable being a brand new look for the Workday homepage.

Though many may wonder why the colorful worklets were changed, this update marks several improvements in the accessibility of Workday, which is an initiative the UW has been driving in partnership with Workday throughout our adoption of the software. The upgrades will help ensure that users of all abilities have a more positive experience accessing and navigating Workday.

Some of the changes you’ll notice include:

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In addition, some of the other significant updates you will likely notice include:

  • New Accessible Version of Form W-2: Users can now update Workday settings in order to retrieve an accessible version of the Form W-2.
  • Introduction of Payment Elections History Details: Employees can now view the date and time when the last Payment Election changes (such as direct deposit updates) were made, as well as see who made the changes, for better awareness of phishing attempts.
  • Improved User Experience for Change Job and Hire Business Processes: For Workday users who initiate Change Job and Hire business processes, all required fields now have the red asterisk indicating they are required while several non-essential fields are now hidden, minimizing confusion and simplifying the user experience.