Terminology 

In some functional areas, Workday's terminology differs from what the LSU Community has become accustomed.  Use the crosswalks below to help you become familiar with the Workday terminology.

Commonly Used Terms

Action (or event or task) A transaction (or step in a business process) within Workday that the worker must complete (ex. hire, termination, approve, deny, etc.)
Allowance Plans A flat amount or percentage paid for a specific use (ex. Uniform allowance)

Business Process (BP)

Set of tasks that need to be completed for an event to occur, the order in which they must be done, and who must do them.
Company Refers to each campus within the tenant.
Cost Center A unit within an organization to which costs are charged. This is generally the level at which budgets are created and managed and typically is used to house people and their associated costs.
Financial Data Model (FDM) The multi-dimensional structure of Workday accounting and financial reporting. FDM includes, but is not limited to, the current Chart of Accounts. It consists of the data elements that are attached to financial transactions when they are entered or generated that allows LSU to retrieve the data later for reporting purposes.
Human Capital Management (HCM) Unifies Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits, Talent, Recruiting, Time-tracking, etc. into one system-of-record.
Job Family A grouping of similar job profiles (ex. Information Technology job family has job profiles related to jobs that perform IT related tasks).
Job Profile Characteristics of a job/position such as, pay rate type, qualifications, compensation guide, job description, etc.
Notifications A section for notices of completed business processes.
Project Refers to fiscal activity wherein the scope of work has a defined start and end date. A capital project would be an example of a project. 
Supervisory Organization Foundational, hierarchical position-to-position structure. All employees must belong to a supervisory org and each supervisory org must have a manager.
Tenant Instance of Workday shared by all LSU campuses.
To-Dos Reminders, that appear in the Inbox, to complete parts of the business process before the workflow will go to the next step.
Worktags Keywords assigned to transactions which are used to classify transactions for financial, operational and external reporting.
Worklet Icons on Workday homepage that provide access to groups of related tasks. Used to organize tasks and reports by functional areas.

New Terminology

Legacy Term New Workday Term
annual leave annual time off
applicant pre-hire
authorization to travel spend authorization
buyer sourcing buyer
direct deposit payment election
employee worker
long term leave of absence (ex. fmla, academic) leave
object codes spend category
payment settlement
payroll deposit slip pay slip
planning session/document set review content for performance review
PO alteration change order
receiving report receipt
second level evaluator manager's manager
short term leave (ex. sick, annual, civil, funeral) time off
sick leave sick time off
solicitation RFQ
summary object code ledger account
supervisor manager
transaction type ledger account type
transaction type: X expense
travel expenses expense items
travel expense reimbursement request expense report
vendor supplier