The October 2023 issue of the HR Source newsletter is out now! Find a reminder about the upcoming Elevating Cougs conference on October 19-20 and learn about how HRS supports the next generation of HR professionals. Find reminders from the Benefits unit focused on the upcoming Open Enrollment period; get updates from the Modernization team; and explore a wealth of learning opportunities.

In the October 2023 issue you’ll find:

Elevating Cougs

Modernization and HRS’ Learning and Organizational Development teams are excited to offer this comprehensive two-day conference on October 19 & 20. The conferences’ three tracks and 80+ sessions provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about Workdaydevelop their soft skills, and become more confident leaders.

Register for Elevating Cougs. It’s free for all WSU staff and faculty!

Supporting the next generation of HR Professionals

The human resource field draws from several educational disciplines, including business, communications, psychology, and other social sciences. Through internships, HRS has the opportunity to contribute to the WSU educational mission, generating interest in the human resource field. This fall HRS offered two internship tracks – Human Resource Overview and Human Resource Specialty. Meet three interns with HRS in this month’s newsletter.


The annual benefits open enrollment period is almost here! The November Annual Open Enrollment period is coming soon, with primary changes relating to medical plan premium changes. Communications from Health Care Authority and HRS Benefits have already started to be distributed in September.  Keep an eye on the HRS Open Enrollment page and Percipio where information and resources will be posted as they become available. Additional resources to watch for include the PEBB for Your Benefit newsletter, direct emails from HRS Benefits, and WSU Insider/announcements.

Find more reminders and resources on address updates, retirement planning, the $125 wellness incentive, and the new Roth option to the Deferred Compensation Plan in this month’s newsletter.


Workday Success Stories: Workday makes planning easier for WSU departments: From daily tasks to important annual events, Workday enables departments to more easily plan for and conduct activities across all functional areas through integrated tools like Adaptive Planning, automated reports and tasks, and improved access to real-time information.

Emotional intelligence key in the Workplace: Emotional intelligence can be described as a person’s ability to understand their own emotions and the emotions of others, and how these emotions come into play in a variety of contexts—including the workplace. Learn about opportunities for employees and leaders to learn more about emotional intelligence at the Elevating Cougs conference. 

Feature Release brings several Workday user interface enhancements: Beginning September 9, Workday will receive a variety of updates to the home page and user interface, helping employees perform navigation and tasks more efficiently.

Improved home page experience for Managers: The September Feature Release includes improvements to the manager experience on the Workday home page. Additional contextual information for managers will be displayed, providing more insight on areas that matter most.

New tools for Time Approvers: This week’s Feature Release brings new tools for Time Approvers to review, edit, and approve employee time in Workday.

Learning and Organizational Development

Leadership Development Programs: Don’t miss this is an incredible opportunity to participate in a one year facilitated networking group focusing on advancing your professional development. Leadership Transitions, Leader to Self is targeted in supporting supervisors who have completed their WSU New Supervisor training, and want to learn additional skills and tools to be successful in their role. Leadership Mastery, Leader of Teams targets the support of individuals recently transitioned to a director role, or who are seeking to increase their skills to become a director. Visit the Leadership Development Cohorts page for details and informative FAQ. Applications are being accepted for our two remaining leadership cohorts, thru Nov. 30th. Both series will launch January 2024.

Find more in this month’s newsletter about:

  • Introducing Micro-Sessions for New Employee Orientation
  • Course content updates
  • National Learning and Development Month