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Recap: Workday@Langara Events

We had two big events last week for Workday@Langara: our second Open House as well as a Faculty Coffee. Thanks to everyone who attended! For those who couldn’t make it, we hope the summary below captures it well.

Open House
At our Open House, Lane welcomed the crowd of over 100 faculty and staff with a short speech about the need to change our system to keep pace with the world around us and the importance of coming together as a community to support this project.

Project Director Dorothy Paukste updated everyone on the project progress and the work that has been done over the past few months. Dawn Palmer, our Organizational Change Management Lead, shared our survey results and how people can get involved in the project through the change network.

Next up, our workstream leads for HCM (People and Culture), Finance and Student gave updates on their areas and some of the benefits faculty and staff will see through our transition to Workday. Karen Hackett, HCM lead, did a demo of how an employee would submit a vacation request and previewed the employee portal in Workday. Michael Koke, Finance lead, showed how an employee can electronically submit a receipt for an expense claim. Both demos also included a look at the Workday mobile app.

Jan Smith, Student lead, spoke about what Workday Student would mean for Langara and the rationale behind our re-sequenced timeline for Student implementation.

Our Project Leadership Panel answered some questions from attendees on the data security offered by Workday, when faculty will start to use Workday for things like generating class lists, and the end of paper receipts. The event concluded with breakaway sessions, where faculty and staff could speak directly to each of the four workstream teams.

Faculty Coffee
At the Faculty Coffee in the morning, Ben Cecil spoke about the importance of the project for faculty and academic leaders. Marg Heldman explained what faculty would use Workday for starting in January 2020 (expenses, leave requests, etc) and encouraged faculty to reach out to the core team with their questions, thoughts and concerns. Gerda Krause shared what she was excited about in Workday, including the end of paper forms, new reports, and easy access to information for leaders. As at the Open House, Dorothy Paukste gave a project update and Dawn Palmer spoke about the change network.

– The Workday@Langara Team

Whether you were able to attend or had to miss our events, we want to hear from you! Drop by the Employee Lounge for Talk Workday Thursdays or send your question, comment or feedback to or use our contact form.

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