But it’s not just about being more responsive. Having a unified view of an agency’s resources, skills, and bandwidth elevates HR to a more strategic role in the organization. The data and analytics capabilities cloud-based systems provide can help agencies both understand their talent needs and become an employer of choice.
“It’s really a game-changer for human capital management,” says Vaughan.
While adopting a new cloud system may seem like a big lift for government agencies that have historically been hesitant to change, or constrained by legacy systems and their unpredictable upgrade costs, the pandemic has opened the door for agencies to accelerate their digital transformation. And leaders shouldn’t let this opportunity pass them by, says Bobby.
“Don't be afraid of change. In fact, embrace it and see what can be done,” he says. “Look at what history has taught us. Some of our greatest achievements have happened during trying times.”
The Transformative Power of the Cloud
If done right, moving operations to the cloud can unlock the potential of the federal workforce. It empowers employees to manage their careers, benefits, payroll, and more. And it lets HR teams take a more streamlined, strategic, and transparent approach to the HR life cycle, from recruiting and onboarding to performance management and learning development.
“As you look to manage the various functions across HR, agencies need to think about HR transformation and not just a module replacement,” says Vaughan. “You really need to think through, what does this transformation look like? What are the processes that are changing? What are the policies that need to change, and how is my employee impacted? And Workday is designed around user experience, so I think it's really well suited to enable change and make the transformation a lot easier.”
Workday’s deep, cross-sector experience aligns to agencies across the federal government. From delivering healthcare to funding housing to delighting visitors at national parks, Workday’s industry expertise can help agencies advance their strategic goals and serve the citizenry.
“The federal government is basically a collection of all of these activities that happen in the commercial world,” says Bobby. “And Workday has been solving business back-office transformational and modernization issues in the commercial world for over 15 years.”
Working with the right partner also allows agencies to benefit from cloud solutions without getting bogged down in the details. With Workday, agencies can pay one predictable price to gain all the convenience, flexibility, and security cloud management systems can provide.
“It doesn't make sense for federal agencies to concern themselves with the back-office responsibilities of running a data center and all the security that goes with that,” says Bobby. “Let Workday handle that so you can focus on the mission that you have ahead of you.”
Listen to the Workday Podcast episode featuring Kristen Vaughan and Wayne Bobby to learn more about how technology is helping federal agencies address the HR challenges of the future.