Employee Workday Help

Time Entry

Last updated Monday, April 8, 2024

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What is time entry?

Time entry is the catch-all term for the process of adding, editing, removing, or otherwise managing time blocks on the timesheet in Workday.

These time blocks are typically in alignment with an employee’s Work Schedule. All time entered onto your timesheet in Workday should accurately account for the hours you work.

Do I need to enter time in Workday?

Understanding Your Job Code(s)

Before we define who enters time into Workday, you will want to be familiar with the following vocabulary terms, and know which categories you fall into.

    • Exempt (E) employees are those who are not eligible to earn overtime.*
    • Non-Exempt (NE) employees are those who are eligible to earn overtime.

*Some exempt populations are eligible for overtime, such as those covered by a labor contract or those with university-approved exceptions.

    • Salaried (S) employees are those whose Base Pay is setup at a monthly rate. This rate is split over two pay periods per month.
    • Hourly (H) employees are those whose Base Pay is setup at an hourly rate. The amount they earn each pay period is directly dependent on the number of hours they enter on their timesheets in Workday.
      • Nonpermanent Intermittent (NI) employees are hourly employees that have either an Employee Type of Intermittent or Nonpermanent Hourly.

As a general rule (there are exceptions!), most Academic Personnel and Professional Staff are Salaried (S), and Classified Staff and Student employees can be either Salary (S) or Hourly (H) dependent on their position.

If you do not know if you are E, NE, S, and/or H, this can easily be looked up in Workday. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Workday via the Sign in to Workday link at the top of this page.
  2. In Workday, select the “person” icon at the top right of the screen.
  3. Select View Profile under your Name.
  4. In the Job Details section, find your Job Profile. The parentheses following your Job Profile will display your NE, E, H, and/or S designation. You may also see your compensation grade (a number) or union name.

If you have more than one job at UW, each job may have a different designation. To switch between multiple jobs, select the arrow icon under your name to switch and investigate the Job Profile you have for each job. 

Employees Who Enter Time in Workday

  • Non-Exempt Salaried (NE S) employees
  • All Hourly (H or NE H) employees
  • Specific populations of Exempt (E) employees on campus:
    • WFSE Police Management (PM) Lieutenants
    • 1199NW Research/Hall Health
    • Applied Physics Lab (for costing purposes only)
    • Oceanography Exempt Staff (HR-approved only)
    • Excepted Staff (HR-approved only)

Employees Who Do Not Enter Time in Workday

  • Exempt Salaried Employees (E S), see the section above for exceptions.
  • Medical Centers employees enter their time in Kronos.

When and how do I enter time in Workday?

If you do need to enter time into Workday, know that that time entry can be pay- and benefits-impacting. As a result, understanding WHEN (or by when) and HOW to enter your time worked will help ensure your pay and benefits are delivered to you properly.

When do I need to enter time?

  • All timesheets must be submitted and approved in Workday by no later than 9:00 pm PST on the upcoming Timesheet Approval Deadline.

2024 Timesheet Approval Deadlines

Month First Deadline Second Deadline
January Thursday, Jan 4 Friday, Jan 19
February Monday, Feb 5 Tuesday, Feb 20
March Tuesday, Mar 5 Tuesday, Mar 19
April Thursday, Apr 4 Friday, Apr 19
May Monday, May 6 Monday, May 20
June Tuesday, Jun 4 Thursday, Jun 20
July Wednesday, Jul 3 Friday, Jul 19
August Monday, Aug 5 Tuesday, Aug 20
September Wednesday, Sep 4 Thursday, Sep 19
October Friday, Oct 4 Monday, Oct 21
November Monday, Nov 4 Tuesday, Nov 19
December Wednesday, Dec 4 Wednesday, Dec 18

The above deadlines* are indicated on your Workday timesheet as the “Time Period Lockout,” followed by dates framing the soon-to-conclude pay period.

The time blocks you submit are subject to approval by your Time and Absence Approver (PDF). Typically, your direct supervisor has this role, but practices can vary from unit to unit.

*These deadlines are UW-wide. However, individual units/departments may sometimes choose to set their own, earlier deadlines. Check with your Time and Absence Approver to confirm what your deadline(s) are each month.

How do I enter my time?

We provide several resources, linked below, to assist you in learning how to enter your time. Read through the description prior to choosing where you’d like to start.

Resource Description
Enter Time User Guide This is the primary User Guide for entering, adjusting, and removing time blocks on your timesheet. It outlines all of the roles and procedures involved in this Business Process.
Enter Time Quick Guide (PDF) This Quick Guide can be used as a brief reference tool for entering time.*
Overtime Concepts for Time Entry in Workday (Self-Paced e-Learning Course) This course overviews some of the key concepts and nuances for overtime in Workday. Concepts include understanding Work Schedules, and deep-dives into overtime concepts like view details, flex time, and compensatory time tags.
Enter Time – Accu-Time User Guide

Accu-Time Quick Guides:*

These resources are for employees who enter time via Accu-Time, a Punch In/Punch Out system that integrates with Workday. The major units that use this system are HFS, ICA, and FS.

*We do not recommend using Quick Guides as a sole resource for information, as they are intended to be job aids for those already experienced in entering time.

What if I make a mistake?

Most of the time, you are welcome to fix errors yourself and re-submit the timesheet for re-approval. There are a few additional considerations, though, detailed below.

What is the timing of the error?

The timing of these fixes does matter, though, and are heavily dependent on the Payroll and Workday Approval Deadline Calendar we mentioned earlier. Deadline distinctions for fixing mistakes are outlined below:

Use the resources we mentioned in the How Do I Enter My Time? section of this page for help with the following. Which of the following statements applies?

  • I made a mistake. If you find you’ve made an error after you have submitted your time for approval, and even after your time has been approved, you can make adjustments to your hours and resubmit your timesheet. Any changes you make after your time has approved and processed for the time period will affect your following paycheck.
  • My Time and Absence Approver found a mistake. Your Time and Absence Approver may send your timesheet back to you with comments for items to edit. Be sure to make the edits and submit the timesheet again for approval prior to the deadline.

If the University is in the middle of payroll processing, you will be locked out of making adjustments to the pay period being processed. This window will lift in accordance with the calendar. We may be able to help! Occasionally, if the mistake is caught quickly enough and/or is a simple fix, the Payroll team may be able to help. Have your unit’s administrator(s) reach out to the Payroll Office to find out if there is anything we can do.

Which of the following statements applies?

  • I didn’t record my hours correctly, but there were no issues with my paycheck. After the Payroll Calculation Window closes, you can adjust your timesheet and re-submit it for approval to keep your records accurate. Use the resources we mentioned in the How Do I Enter My Time? section of this page for help with the following.
  • I suspect an overpayment/underpayment that I can adjust on my timesheet now. After the Payroll Calculation Window closes, you can adjust your timesheet and re-submit it for approval.  We recommend having your Time and Absence Initiate re-run the calculations on your timesheet in these scenarios. Workday should automatically pick up the issue and correct it on your next paycheck. Use the resources we mentioned in the “How Do I Enter My Time?” section of this page for help with the following.
  • I suspect an overpayment/underpayment that can’t be fixed without payroll’s intervention. We recommend checking out our Overpayments and Underpayments pages for more information and how to get our help.

Getting Help

If you need further assistance with your time entry process, we recommend following the guidance on the How to Get Workday Help page.