Wolseley UK today announced a new strategic partnership with Workday®, a world leader in cloud-based human resources technology.

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 their accredited implementation team, Collaborative Solutions, Wolseley 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.

Wolseley colleagues will have everything they need at their fingertips 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 in one place. Better still, all colleagues will be able to carry the access to those systems in their pockets, by logging in to Workday® via an App.

Simon Oakland, Wolseley CEO explained why this investment is such a significant step for Wolseley UK: “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: “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.”

David Horne, Workday® Regional Director commented: “Workday® is thrilled to partner with Wolseley for this exciting transformation in a new era of the business’s long and rich history.

“The dedication Wolseley has shown to its customers, managers and employees throughout our time together gives me great confidence in the future success of the partnership. We have high hopes to empower Wolseley’s business with insight and provide employees an easy and engaging platform in this continually changing world. We look forward to the work ahead and will be thrilled to see the results of the teams’ efforts in the very near future.”

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.