If you’re a manager at a company with separate human resource and workforce management systems, you’ve probably experienced the agonizing time-suck of entering the same employee information into both platforms—again and again. What if we told you there is a better way? A technique that makes it possible to enter data into one system and see the same data appear in the other system in real-time? It’s not magic, my friend. It’s something real and very possible—it’s integration.
Integration in a Nutshell
HR systems are central warehouses for employee information. Workforce management systems cover time, attendance, leave, advanced scheduling, and more. When you integrate these two systems, you set them both up to seamlessly connect. As a result, the data in both systems sync automatically and continuously. For example, if you promote an employee and update their information (e.g., job title, pay rate, etc.) in the HR system, the same updates apply to your WFM software.
If you’re like most managers with full plates, we probably had you at “stop entering things twice.” But there are three even more critical reasons that integration makes good business sense. Integration can free up time and money, stop data-entry mistakes in their tracks, and increase your data quality.
1. Save time and money
Entering info twice, cross-checking, and making updates and corrections are all time-consuming activities. And, perhaps you’ve already heard, time is money. When you integrate your HR and WFM platforms, you enter information once, and both systems will show real-time data. One and done.
2. Reduce the risk of human error
Accurate data is critical, and humans make mistakes. When companies depend on employees to enter the same data into multiple systems, the odds of an incorrect entry increase. That’s not just annoying and time-consuming—errors could also affect the bottom line. Imagine the ramifications of an extra zero, if you will. When you integrate your HR and WFM platforms, you enter information once, and both systems update across the board.
3. Improve your data
Being a data-driven organization requires having quality data. When you integrate HR and WFM, you eliminate data silos and gain a complete picture of your employees and their work. Only then can you genuinely make data-driven decisions to keep the company moving forward.
The thought of integrating your HR and WFM systems might sound confusing, but we love this stuff, and we’d like to help you with it. The Workforce Consulting Group provides tailored solutions and support for companies ready to integrate their HR and WFM systems. We listen to your needs, adapt our services, and deliver world-class results. Contact us today to speak with an expert.