WorkLion training now available for University employees

October 27, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State employees can now begin taking online training for the University’s new human resources portal, WorkLion, including the new HR and payroll system, Workday, which are set to launch on Dec. 10. Since the training became available on Oct. 23, several hundred Penn State employees have already completed the online training.

"Workday is known for its user-friendly interface, but it's important that employees understand there will still be a learning curve as they become familiar with this new technology,” said Janda Hankinson, who leads change management efforts for the Workday project. “It is great to see that so many individuals are excited about the new system and are already completing the training.”

Faculty, staff, technical service, wage and student employees can identify the WorkLion trainings that are geared toward their respective employment type by viewing the training section of the WorkLion support website. Graduate assistants also are encouraged to view the introductory courses to become familiar with WorkLion activities that are most relevant to them.

The web-based trainings are self-paced so that learners can view, stop and restart the training modules at their preferred pace. Trainings will remain available after WorkLion launches on Dec. 10 so that employees and graduate assistants can refer back to the courses as needed.

"There are a number of detailed training courses that will provide individuals with an in-depth understanding of how they will use Workday,” said Kerrie Ferchalk, training lead for the WorkLion project. “We are also providing other 'on-demand' materials like step-by-step guides and demo videos for employees and graduate assistants looking to learn more about Workday in a pinch."

These additional materials will become available closer to the launch of WorkLion.

For more information or to begin the online training, visit

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Last Updated October 27, 2017