Tips & Tricks

How do I change my preferred name?

July 22, 2019

You have the option of having a preferred name in addition to your legal name in Workday. Your legal name is used for all legal documents such as tax forms (i.e., W4) and the preferred name is whatever you generally like to go by, and it does not have to match your legal name
  1. Log into Workday.
  2. From the Home screen, select the Personal Information icon from the list of Applications.

  3. Select Preferred Name in the Change column.

  4. De-select the “Use Legal Name as Preferred Name” checkbox.

  5. Edit the Name fields as applicable.

  6. When complete, click Submit

Once preferred name is entered in Workday, it will be visible in other Brandeis systems such as Google Mail. Please note that student employees should review and update preferred name in both Workday and Sage to ensure the information is in sync.
What's the difference between Alerts and Error Messages?

July 17, 2019

Alert and Error messages will appear at the top portion of the page in Workday. They typically identify the specific field or fields where the information is missing, entered incorrectly, or in conflict with a rule established by Brandeis within Workday. But, what do they mean?

  • Alerts: orange alert warnings are "soft" alerts to a potential problem, but the task can still be completed.
  • Errors: red error alerts display when the system will not allow you to continue until you have fixed the error.