Zapier and Turbine: A match made in heaven

Written by Maddy Leslie

The automation tool that’s been sweeping the application nation is now paired with Turbine. Everyone loves a shiny new feature. Zapier and Turbine sure look good together. But enough about looks. What this means for you is that the integration of Zapier and Turbine will make your HR processes easier.

You can rid yourself of manual data entry tasks and customise connections to suit your business practices, freeing up time for the important stuff, like figuring out whose soup exploded in the office microwave.

Looking at you, Becky.

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What’s Turbine?

Turbine is the paper-free alternative to managing purchase orders, expenses, time-off requests and other HR records. As your business scales, these once simple processes can become a painfully bureaucratic nightmare. And, of course, no-one notices when these things are going right, but if they go wrong? You bet they notice.

What’s Zapier?

Zapier is an automation tool that allows you to integrate hundreds of applications and services, no coding necessary. That’s Google sheets, Gmail, Mailchimp, Typeform, Hubspot, Office 365 – all the big names, including Turbine, of course.

It works like this: an event occurs in one application. This triggers a follow-up event in another. You can even make work flows to carry on the chain for multiple steps. The follow-up event can be a search through existing data, or an action to create new items.

Manual data entry becomes a thing of the past. Task-list = done.

Zapier and Turbine - What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

There’s a lot to be said for making the right connections at the right time. So, what does this integration mean for your business?

Zapier’s triggers for Turbine cover two areas:

  1. New time-off, purchase order or expense request.
  2. Approval (or rejection) of a time-off, purchase order or expense request.

Here are some examples:

  • If a new time-off request is put into Turbine, you, as the person who approves these requests, could set up a Zap to notify you in Slack or by text message.
  • A new expense request comes in. Automatically, the information is logged on a Google sheet, forming an up-to-date report that you can show the CEO, whenever they need it.
  • Or, if you like a to-do list, then have expense requests come through to Todoist, so you can check that box when you come to it.

Also, other applications can trigger Turbine, too. For example:

  • Push by Zapier is a Google Chrome extension. With it, you can create new requests on Turbine straight from the pop-up list.
  • You can make a scheduling trigger to build monthly recurring purchase order requests in Turbine. Just set it and forget it.
  • Why not take the weather into account? Use real-time weather updates to trigger requests, such as purchase orders.

A clear desk and a tidy inbox – all sorted before midday. Now, what’s for lunch…

Learn more about integrating Zapier and Turbine here. You can also check out our Zap templates to help you get started. 

If you’re new to these parts, why not sign up for your free Turbine trial here.

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