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How to manage the complete employee lifecycle

Managing the employee lifecycle is more complex than ever before; with four generations in the workplace, all with different needs and expectations, it becomes imperative to optimize the experience for employees throughout every stage of their lifecycle. To deal with this complexity, HR professionals are increasingly choosing to manage the employee lifecycle in a single Human Resources Information System like Workday. Having all the information in a single place reduces errors, makes legal compliance easier and reduces complexity.


There are six generally accepted stages in the employee lifecycle:

In order to be able to manage an employee from hire-to-retire in one place, it becomes necessary to integrate Workday with numerous enterprise systems. Having a sustainable integration strategy makes this integration process much quicker and easier.

Managing the employee lifecycle depends on enterprise integration

The explosion of SaaS applications in the HR space means that there are numerous best-of-breed apps that assist employees throughout their lifecycle. There are applicant tracking systems, training and compliance software, performance review apps, expense apps and more. And there are apps like ZenDesk that help HR professionals assist employees more effectively. All of these, along with on-premises systems like NetSuite, have to be integrated with Workday to provide a single view of the employee.

A Workday integration project is one of the clearest examples of the necessity of a hybrid enterprise infrastructure, because of the necessity to integrate both on-premises systems with highly protected data and cloud-based SaaS apps. Therefore, this kind of integration project has the potential to become very slow and very painful. Trying to connect all these systems with point-to-point integration, particularly if they exist across on-prem, private, or public cloud, will be a major undertaking that could take months, or even years. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that organizations don’t have the time to do this. A recent Deloitte report notes that today’s employees expect consumer-grade services across their entire period of employment, particularly ones that are accessible on mobile. In order to attract the best talent — and keep them — employers are going to need to make sure Workday is properly implemented with the best systems as quickly as possible. Trying to do this with point-to-point integration is going to be an enormous headache and an enormous expense.

How Anypoint Platform makes employee lifecycle management easier

MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform makes managing the employee lifecycle with Workday easier, because it makes integrating systems easy, no matter where they happen to be deployed. Anypoint Platform connects Workday and numerous other enterprise applications, whether they are in the cloud or behind your firewall. 

MuleSoft provides an out-of-the-box connector for Workday, which makes creating new integrations easy and fast. In addition, MuleSoft has a Workday certified connector that is fully supported and kept up to date with the Workday API. We also provide access to over 120 other pre-built connectors to top HCM, CRM and financial applications. Organizations can get up and running quickly with pre-built templates for HCM (ex. Workday to SAP Payroll) and IT Service Management (ex. Workday to ServiceNow). Standardized integrations eliminate manual data entry and loss of information, while providing data consistency across systems. This provides the single view of the employee lifecycle that makes managing an employee from attraction to separation much easier.

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