Workday Releases

Last updated Saturday, September 9, 2023

Current Release: Workday 2023R2

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.

New Features and Enhancements in Workday 2023 Release 2 (2023R2)

Workday’s fall release came out the weekend of September 9-10, 2023. Though, like most Workday releases, many updates for Workday 2023R2 centered around back-end improvements (which end users won’t notice), a few larger-scale changes came with this round of planned updates, including:

  • New “Quick Review” Button on Workday Homepage: Managers (as well as all Time and Absence Approvers) will now find a new “Quick Review” button in the “Awaiting Your Actions” section of their Workday homepage, which they can use to review and approve their employees’ time off and absence requests without having to navigate to their Workday Inbox.
  • Improved Look for Team Org Chart: When reviewing Org Charts in Workday (found after selecting the Team icon from a Worker Profile page), you’ll notice larger Employee/Position cards and enhanced color contrast for easier reading and navigation.
  • Real-Time Error Messages: If you accidentally enter incorrect information in a required field, an error message will now appear immediately, alerting you to the issue you need to fix; currently when you provide incorrect information or don’t complete a required field, an error message won’t appear until after you try to submit the form.

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Workday releases are named for the calendar year in which they became effective + their release number:

  • "R1" for Release 1 in March
  • "R2" for Release 2 in September

Workday at the UW is currently on the 2023R1 release.