Make the Most of Your Workday

Workday Digital Assist

Aiming to empower our community with innovative tools to meet the needs of our organization, Workday Digital Assist (WDA) is now available broadly throughout UVA.

WDA acts as a layer on top of Workday, offering:

  • on-screen process guidance 
  • step-by-step assistance in real time 
  • increased effectiveness and efficiency 
  • no need for instructions from external job aids

You’ll find that conducting many routine and non-routine business processes are now simpler, more intuitive, and faster. Furthermore, WDA reduces your need for outside training tools. 

Watch a quick overview on how WDA works

Workday enables you to complete many complex Workday business processes, minimizing confusion and errors  by providing user-based help, guidance, tips, and training based on your Workday security role .

WDA Features:

  • SmartWalkThrus (interactive step-by-step guidance through a process) 
  • SmartTips (advanced tooltips that provide additional information) 
  • Launchers (your quick connection to relevant resources)
  • Resources (connection to material you need based on your actions) 
  • Feedback (provide your issues or suggestions) 

Make the Most of Your Workday

  • Download and install WDA

    You can download and install WDA directly for yourself. If you need help, watch our brief help tutorial, located on the right-hand side of this webpage.

    Download and Install WDA
  • Request a WDA Solution

    WDA will continue to evolve and assist in more situations as we develop it, and we appreciate your input. To suggest WDA provide assistance for a particular business process in Workday, please fill out the WDA Request Form. 

    Enhancement Request Form
  • WDA Release Information

    Learn more about the WDA Release Cycle and stay up to date with quarterly release notes.

    View Release Information

Job Aid Integration

The power of WDA lies in its ability to provide point-of-need, in-platform assistance and to connect end users with information developed by HR functional experts. In doing so, WDA reduces reliance on job aids and calls to the HR Solution Center and HR Business Partners for help.

By offering walk-through assistance on demand while an individual is conducting many business processes in Workday, WDA has replaced the need for paper “job aids.” Beginning March 2022, HR will no longer be maintaining many job aids, with a few exceptions noted below.

  • During the transition, the Workday Training webpage will continue to offer manager, employee, and security role job aid content in the form of step and sequence instructions and limited visuals.
  • Security Role Job Aids e.g., Period Activity Pay Coordinator, Student Hiring Support, and Learning roles, will continue to be updated and posted by the LD & T team on the Workday Security Role Training Website.
  • Workday HR Annual projects e.g., Cash Out, Merit, and Open Enrollment documentation, will continue to be updated and available on the HR website.

View the current, full list of job aids that will be maintained after March 2022 below.

  • Job Aids to be Maintained

    Security Roles 

    • Security Access Request 


    • Benefit Enrollment

    Open Enrollment

    • Open Enrollment Reference for ACD & MC
    • Open Enrollment Reference for UPG


    • Find, Run, and Export Reports
    • Manage Media in Drive

    New Hire

    • Direct Deposit ( Payment Elections)
    • Manage Tax Withholdings
    • Apply for a Position


    • Medical Center Fall Cash Out
    • UPG Cash Out


    • Academic Year-End Narrative Self- evaluation- Employee 
    • Academic Year-End Narrative Review - Manager
    • Academic Year-End Traditional Review - Manager
    • Academic Year-End Traditional Self-evaluation - Employee
    • UVA Health Year-end Narrative Review - Manager
    • UVA Health Goal Setting - New Hire Employee
    • UVA Health Year-end Narrative Self-evaluation - Employee
    • Reports for Performance - Goals - Feedback

    FAQs on Website 

    • Essential Workday Navigation
    • Time and Absence
    • Essential Personal Information
    • Essential Pay/I9/W2 
    • Apply for Position
    • Ed Benefits
    • Clinical Career Ladder
    • Employee Assistance Fund

    Learning Essential Website

    • Essential Manager and Employee FAQs (Step and Sequence) 

    Security Role Training

    • Website and Digital Courses for:
    • Period Activity Pay Coordinator
    • Time Support
    • Student Hiring Support
    • Learning


    • Training Website and Performance Website 

Frequently Asked Questions