HR departments spend close to 60 percent of their time and resources on transactional and operational activities. And even though there are tools and software designed to save time and improve productivity, juggling multiple dispersed platforms can prove ineffective without the right infrastructure to unify them.

API integrations through a single platform is the solution HR teams need. In this article, we’ll review the importance of having integrated tools, and explain why a single point of access can save time and streamline business operations.

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What is an API?

An Application Programming Interface (API) allows independent software platforms to communicate with one another and exchange data. APIs allow external entities to access data or core resources within tools and software, facilitating their integration and operation.

What are API integrations?

API integrations refer to the connectivity that allows companies to keep information in sync, automate processes, and enhance data exchange between several applications and systems. APIs act as a “virtual middleman” and relay information and core resources within tools and software, facilitating their operation.

Software integration is achieved by using APIs, which combine and merge multiple programs and applications on one unified platform.

How do API integrations help HR teams save time?

API integrations save time by reducing the number of channels and platforms HR teams use to carry out day-to-day operations. Software integration offers flexibility and consistency, mainly because all data changes are reflected in real time on the same software. For example, Globalization Partners offers an all-encompassing solution by integrating ADP so customers can automate payroll, benefits, and more on a single platform.

Why are API integrations important for HR teams?

According to a survey conducted by Jitterbit, an API transformation company, 45 percent of respondents mentioned that accessing and consolidating data from multiple HR-related systems was an issue.

With API integration, HR departments can optimize processes in key areas such as recruitment, compensation management, onboarding and offboarding, and learning and development. This integration enables information to flow from one application to another automatically, which saves time and reduces errors associated with manual processing.

API integration can help achieve the following:

  • Create a unified data hub, making it easier to create comprehensive reports with accurate and up-to-date information.
  •  Harbor a synchronized experience, which also promotes business continuity — that means HR teams can automate time-consuming processes and focus on strategic work to grow the business.
  • Foster innovation and improve employee experience, allowing HR to respond to team members’ needs as quickly as possible.

According to Greg Belkin, Director of Jitterbit: “As HR departments strive to bring in and hold onto top talent, integrating key HR systems has become an important differentiator for companies.” Belkin notes that this connectivity allows companies to deliver the “seamless, efficient, and modern experience employees have come to expect.”

While API integration can be complex, it is essential for HR teams to simplify their processes and maximize productivity.

Globalization Partners’ API integration streamlines multiple HR tasks on one single platform. Our comprehensive technology automates processes like onboarding, payroll, and hiring, so you can focus on scaling your company and building your brand.

Learn more about how we integrate with our partners, some of the world’s most innovative companies, to create the best experience for you and your global team.

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