HR Core Users Dive into Workday's Data Model

The Enterprise Project is continuing to build knowledge about Workday for core system users prior to next year’s training opportunities. Following participation in an introductory Workday 101 session, core users will be invited to learn about a series of Workday concepts specific to their business area.

The first collection of Workday concepts is geared toward HR professionals. More than 180 HR professionals from both campus and the Wexner Medical Center recently tuned in to one of two webinars about Workday’s Foundation Data Model (FDM), including Supervisory Organizations, and watched a demonstration. The visual below explains the sequence for the Workday Core Concepts for HR: Workday 101, Foundation Data Model, Staffing Models, Academic Appointments, Business Processes, and Security and Reports.

Workday Core Concepts for HR

Graphic representation of Workday Core Concepts for HR. The concept sequence is 1) Workday 101, 2) Foundation Data Model, 3) Staffing Model, 4) Academic Appointments, 5) Business Processes, and 6) Security and Reports.

Workday’s Foundation Data Model explains how information and functionality, such as business processes and reports, are structured in the system. The FDM describes how data is delineated in Workday across Supervisory Organizations (reporting relationships), Cost Centers (financial ownership) and Academic Units (academic structure). Most pertinent to HR professionals, Supervisory Organizations provide managerial information for all employees across the university and Wexner Medical Center.

For example, session participants were able to see the ease and efficiency of Workday-generated org charts during the demonstration portion of the presentation. Workday provides visual and dynamic org charts using real-time employee data—from a university-wide chart down to an individual team. Currently, creating and maintaining org charts is a manual process for many HR professionals.

This clear line of sight into reporting relationships across the university and Wexner Medical Center will allow the HR community to make more informed decisions to best serve the needs of faculty, staff and students.

Throughout the coming year, the Enterprise Project will continue to engage different segments of university audiences, including payroll and finance professionals, in understanding relevant Workday concepts.