UW Information Technology

HR/Payroll Modernization Program

About HR/Payroll Modernization

What is HR/Payroll Modernization?

HR/Payroll Modernization is a major initiative to replace the University’s 34-year-old legacy payroll system with an integrated system to manage human resources and payroll functions. The program is the largest administrative transformation effort in the University’s history and is essential to supporting the UW’s large and diverse workforce. The program was approved by the Board of Regents in February 2014, and the University selected Workday as the vendor for its new HR/Payroll system.

Implementing this new system requires standardizing human resources and payroll processes across UW departments, units, schools, colleges and campuses. These new processes, paired with modern technology, will improve the way the University does business. This effort will significantly improve human resource and payroll operations across the University, strengthen compliance, reduce risk, provide better data for decision making and improve service across the institution.

What is Workday?

Workday is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program for human resources (HR) services. The University has partnered with Workday to provide the technology that will enable the HR/Payroll Modernization program. Workday will help to simplify technology maintenance at the UW, while improving the visibility and accessibility of accurate HR and payroll data.​​​ After the initial launch, enhancements will be added every six months, continually delivering new capabilities.

Change Network Collaboration Site 

The Change Network is a SharePoint site for HR/Payroll Modernization Readiness teams and their associated units, colleges and departments. This site is accessible to anyone with a UW NetID and offers people readiness information.