Training for New Employees

You are a new Boston University employee and you are expected to use BUworks as part of your job. How will you get started? What training resources are available to you? This page provides answers to those questions.

We recommend these steps for any new employee who will be working with BUworks:

  1. Identify business roles required

Work with your manager and your Data Security Administrator (DSA) to determine what process areas you will be working with and to ensure you have all of the BUworks business roles, transaction access, and data permissions necessary to perform your job.

  1. Review Process Guides to help your foundational understanding of BUworks

When you have determined the various process areas you will be working with, review the Process Guides available on the BUworks online help site. The Guides are a great way to explore BU administrative processes and associated BUworks tools. Videos are available to help you get started with Employee and Manager Self-Service, navigating BUworks, and using worklists. Beyond these basics, additional videos and tutorials are available to provide help with process areas including Time Management, Human Resources, Finance, Ordering Goods and Services, and Business Warehouse Reporting.

  1. Supplement your foundational knowledge by attending hands-on training

After you have explored the Process Guides, you should plan to attend any of the instructor-led workshops that are appropriate to the roles you and your manager have identified for you. Examine the Training Path Grid to determine which workshops will help you perform your job. Visit the Training Schedule page for workshop specifics and to register to attend. Available detail includes workshop content, target populations, and dates, times, and locations for each workshop.

  1. Use available documentation

The Document Library contains a broad selection of information starting with Basic Navigation and the BUworks Central portal and running through step-by-step instructions to perform tasks in each of the BUworks functional areas – Finance, Human Capital Management (HR), Supplier Relationship Management – as well as Business Warehouse reporting.

  1. Leverage the experience of local experts: Power Users

One of the most effective ways to learn new business processes is for you to partner with coworkers and seasoned employees who have a deep understanding of your unit’s role and systems.  To support you in the use of BUworks, we have established a network of Power Users.