What is Workday?

Workday is a platform that harnesses powerful, cloud-based technology to enhance security and compliance. The University uses Workday for human resources, payroll, and job-related learning.

Workday provides the University community with 24/7 access to a secure network from any computer, smart phone, or tablet; continuous innovation and improvements (2 updates per year); an intuitive user experience, which is fast, accessible, and flexible; and enables the University community to focus more on value-added work, mission-driven efforts, and strategic support. Lastly, it simplifies and integrates processes to improve data accuracy and informed data-driven decision-making.

With Workday@Penn, you are empowered to complete several categories of functionality, including:

  • Manage position- and job-related training
  • Update personal information
  • View pay slips
  • Enter time and review/approve time for others
  • View compensation and benefits
  • Request time off and leave and review/approve time off and leave for others
  • Apply for new positions within Penn
  • Search for people 
  • And complete many more actions

As protecting sensitive data and technology evolves, Workday uses a number of approaches to ensure the security of your data. Transactions are encrypted both in transit and at rest, as well with geo-sensing, where certain transactions can only be done locally or in certain jurisdictions. Details on Workday security can be found on this Workday page.

The Workday@Penn team is committed to supporting schools, centers, and departments with communications and training. If you have questions, contact the Penn Employee Solution Center, at solutioncenter@upenn.edu or 215-898-7372.