- Kronos announced its Workforce Dimensions Technology Partner Program, which will allow tech partners to build applications that connect with and streamline with Kronos technology — the latest big HCM company to allow integrations across its platform.
- According to Kronos, by embedding Workforce Dimensions in Microsoft Outlook, employees and managers can submit, review and approve requests for time off and timecards from their email; with conversational chatbot for Microsoft Teams, employees and managers can request and review time off, check schedules, complete management activities and perform other tasks; and employees across industries can synchronize their schedules with Google Calendar.
- Paychex, ADP, Zenefits and a variety of HCM platforms have all expanded their integrations with a variety of enterprise tools to improve the user experience and break the tech out of silos.
HCM integration is the latest big push in the industry as various tech leaders seek to become the "backbone" of an employer's tech offering. And their timing is good; as organizations undergo a digital transformation, face the digital disruption and prepare for the future of work, such innovations will be central to their success.
Integration might be the catalyst needed to get organizations to update their systems and platforms, especially when employees express their frustration with outmoded technology at work. A Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services report found that organizations that don't keep up with technological advancements have a tougher time with talent retention. And most workers (64%) in a study by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard company, believe their companies risk falling behind if technology in the workplace isn't integrated.
Organizations also risk losing employees if they don't update their systems. The HBR study found that outmoded systems can force companies to lose employees to the competition and lose out in the battle for talent, especially in a tight labor market.