The partnership will see all of Wolseley’s people systems “brought right up to date”, providing the company with a unified way to manage its people data. Working hand in hand with Workday and its accredited implementation team, Collaborative Solutions, Wolseley states it will deliver this important strategic change at an exciting time in its 134-year history, following the sale of the business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice earlier this year.
Following the implementation, Wolseley colleagues “will have everything they need” to change personal information, check benefits, request time off, submit expenses or access their online learning and managers will be able to access all of their team’s information, supporting and developing talent, or recruiting new colleagues all by logging in to Workday via an App.
Simon Oakland, Wolseley CEO, said: “Our investment in Workday is part of a broader strategy of modernising our systems and processes across our business. We know that Workday will provide us with the tools and resources to make life as simple and easy as possible for our operational colleagues by removing complexity and allowing our them to do what they do best, which is serve our customers.”
Jane Connor, Wolseley HR Director, added: “The transition to Workday is just one of several exciting projects that demonstrates the importance placed by our business on helping to grow, develop, engage, and care for our people, and make Wolseley a truly great place to work for everyone.
“Our goal together is to deliver a simplified and unified people-systems experience for all of our colleagues; to provide a solid foundation to grow our new Wolseley Talent Guild; and to maximise data-driven decision-making, by placing in the hands of our people managers and leaders a wealth of accessible, meaningful information and actionable insights at the point of processes execution.”
John Hancock, Managing Director, Wolseley Building Services & Infrastructure shares this view and believes this project will see real benefit for the way colleagues at Wolseley can work on a day to day basis. He commented: “We know how hard our Branch Managers work, managing people but also multiple systems in branch, that are currently not connected. We really believe that Workday will make managing our people a much simpler experience in branch, freeing up time for customers and colleague development. Wolseley is built on the skills of our people and Workday fully supports our ambition to be the employer of choice in trade distribution.”
Michelle Tomkins, Collaborative Solutions Director has been enjoying the progress the partnership has made so far, adding: “The strength of partnership between parties was evident from the beginning as we worked extremely hard together to build a solid business case and to understand the requirements of the Wolseley team. We’re delighted to now be actively delivering this project and to ensuring that it meets business and personal objectives during 2021 and into the future.”
The project to implement Workday at Wolseley is now underway and is expected to be complete in the Autumn.