Create/Update custom objects

You can extend Workday business objects by configuring custom objects. These custom objects are based on default Workday and can store additional custom fields. Custom objects enable you to record additional data which is not captured by the default Workday objects.

Create/update custom objects actions

This action allows you to create or update custom object values to a Workday record. If the parent object does not have the specified custom object record, this action will create one. Otherwise, it will update the custom object record with the values provided.


For example, we are setting a new onboarding process for our employee. Every employee has to undergo a drug test. On Workday, we set up a custom object called drugTested under the parent object Workers.

We can use this action to assign a status to a worker. If a worker does not previously have a drugTested status, this action will create the custom object for this worker.

Otherwise, if this worker already has a drugTested object (e.g. True/False), this action will update the custom object with a new value.


Create custom object action Create/update custom object action

Input field Description
Parent object name The name of the parent object.
Custom object fields Define the fields in this custom object. If left blank, it will retrieve all fields with their default names.
Custom object Select the custom object that you want to retrieve. This is the Web service alias of the custom object.
Parent object ID The Workday ID of the parent object that you are selecting.


For example, for worker 6b36787a2e6301e185df0a95ff272a04 who has passed his drug test, we will use the Create/update custom object action and define it like so:

  • Parent object name: workerCustomDataSnapshot
  • Custom object: drugTested
  • Custom object field (Drug tested): True
  • Parent object ID: 6b36787a2e6301e185df0a95ff272a04


There are no output for this action.

You can check the custom object status of your worker with a Get custom object action.

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