HR and People Ops professionals are busy. Your domain may cover everything from talent acquisition and benefits administration, to talent management and compliance. There are a lot of moving parts that need to be documented, and the administrative work often holds you back from accomplishing more strategic initiatives.
While it may seem impossible, making some time to evaluate your HR tech stack and integrate your various platforms is a worthwhile investment. Make sure that each piece meets your organization’s unique needs today—and that it will in the future. Then make sure that each piece plays nicely with the others. HR integrations can help you build a strong ecosystem that helps you reach your goals, while freeing up your time.
Build talent pipelines more efficiently
Integrating your applicant tracking system (ATS) with job boards and candidate sourcing tools can significantly reduce the time you spend building talent pipelines. Once you add a job to your ATS, some platforms allow you to share your job posting across job boards and social media channels with the click of a button. Sourcing tools can integrate with your ATS as well, allowing you to seamlessly import candidate data, rather than copying and pasting it in. Finally, an ATS with strong reporting capabilities will provide insights into which channels are performing best, so you can double down on those.
Your calendar helps you and your team stay on top of key dates and meetings, but entering calendar events can be tedious—or altogether forgotten. An ATS with a calendar integration can help you see your team’s availability so you can schedule interviews on the days and times that work for everyone. And a People Operations Platform that integrates with your calendar can sync information like new hire start dates, offboarding dates, birthdays, anniversaries, and time off.
Thoroughly evaluate candidates
Each step in the recruitment process has the potential to add more busywork to your already hectic day—but cutting steps out may adversely impact your quality of hire. This is another area where ATS integrations can make a world of difference. For instance, a video interviewing platform can sync with your ATS to send interview invitations, and later receive the interview recordings. Similarly, assessment platforms can sync with your database to send assignments to candidates, and allow you to view results from within your ATS. And another integration can allow you to kick off the background check process from within your ATS, so you don’t have to log in to another platform and manually enter candidate data.
Automate new hire onboarding
Once you make a hiring decision, an integration between your ATS and People Operations Platform can kick off the employee onboarding process. You should be able to sync the candidate data from your ATS into a new employee profile in your people ops platform, as well as into other systems like payroll and benefits. From there, additional steps in your onboarding program—including a welcome email, account provisioning, and employee pre-boarding—may also begin.
See how OnDeck utilized HR integrations to cut their time spent on onboarding tasks from 5 hours to 30 minutes per new hire.
Sync employee changes
There can be many changes throughout the employee lifecycle that require you to update your HR platforms. For instance, you must update your payroll system when your annual compensation cycle rewards raises to employees. An integration between your People Operations Platform and Payroll provider can ensure that such a change is noted in both systems. Or you may need to deprovision accounts due to employee turnover. Integrations between your People Operation Platform and other systems of record can ensure that logins are deactivated for former employees.
While many HR integrations reduce the need to log in to your various systems, you may still choose to do so from time to time. A single sign-on can enable you to quickly log in to your HR systems, and reduce time wasted from trying to remember—or resetting—passwords.
Final thoughts on HR integrations
HR integrations allow you to build a best-of-breed tech stack that meets your organization’s needs. When each system syncs to the greater ecosystem, you can get your People data out of silos—without having to populate multiple systems with the same data. A great tech stack can take over the mundane, repetitieve, administrative HR tasks, and free up your time for more strategic initiatives and human connection.