How AI will help companies hire more people and make the workplace better

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11 Mar, 2024

How AI will help companies hire more people and make the workplace better

AI is having an impact on hiring processes, employee retention, and workplace conditions.


The modern workplace is rapidly changing and AI is emerging as a transformative force. With the growing use of AI-powered tools, companies are rethinking how to approach hiring, employee onboarding, and enhancing the efficiency, development, and well-being of employees.

In this article, we delve into the role of AI in the workplace, highlighting its impact on hiring processes, improving employee retention, and workplace conditions. We present case studies of companies who have found success with AI tools. We also explore future trends and ethical considerations, providing an overview of how AI is positioned to help companies hire more effectively and create better places to work.

AI in the Hiring Process

Hiring is time-consuming and costly for companies, and often frustratingly involves processes that overlook the most qualified candidates. Some problems with candidate screening, matching, and interviewing are:

  • Over-reliance on keywords and algorithms, which may screen out very qualified candidates whose resumes do not precisely match job descriptions.

  • Bias in recruitment, which can hinder diversity and inclusion efforts and lead to a homogenized workforce.

  • High-volume applications and initial screenings, a task that relies heavily on the judgment of recruiters and is subject to many human factors.[1]

Companies can address these challenges through the implementation of AI technologies in the recruitment process. The following are a few examples of the potential for AI to help companies make hiring more efficient and inclusive.

Streamlining candidate screening

AI-powered applicant tracking systems can streamline sourcing and screening automating resume analysis and identifying qualified candidates efficiently and accurately. These are some case studies where AI is already improving efficiency in candidate screening.

  • IBM Watson recruitment at Hilton – By integrating IBM Watson for candidate screening and matching, the Hilton hospitality chain saw a 50% reduction in time-to-fill, improved candidate quality, and enhanced hiring manager satisfaction.

  • Pymetrics gamified assessments at Deloitte – Deloitte, the US auditing and tax services company incorporated Pymetrics’ AI platform for gamified assessments into their candidate screening process. As a result, the company saw a 60% reduction in time spent on initial screenings, a 30% increase in diverse hires, and enhanced candidate experience.

  • HireVue video interviews at McDonald’s – The fast food chain McDonald’s implemented HireVue’s AI-enhanced video screening to streamline their high-volume hiring process. Use of the platform resulted in a 40% reduction in time-time hire, improved candidate engagement, and enhanced scalability.[2]

Enhancing candidate matching

AI algorithms can be used to match job skills and requirements without the over-reliance on specific job description keywords that is often the case with traditional algorithms. AI algorithms can use natural language processing to analyze candidate data and match actual qualifications with job requirements, improving the accuracy of candidate matching.[3]

Additionally, by focusing on skills, qualifications, and experience rather than personal characteristics, AI can help reduce unconscious bias in recruitment, leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.[4]

Interview and assessment automation

Companies can harness the power of AI using deep learning and natural language processing to improve the interview process for both candidates and recruiters. Image credit: mikemacmarketing | Source:

AI-driven recruitment strategies can help make the interview process a much better experience for candidates and recruiters alike. AI tools can automate interview scheduling, conduct initial screenings, ask follow-up questions, and use natural language processing to analyze responses, making the interview process more effective and efficient.[5] In the case studies discussed above, the introduction of AI tools improved the recruitment experience for hiring managers and candidates, and improved candidate engagement.

By incorporating AI tools into hiring, organizations can streamline candidate screening, improve matching accuracy, reduce bias, enhance efficiency, and ultimately create a more inclusive and effective hiring environment.

AI's Role in Employee Onboarding and Retention

While it is important to find and hire the best candidates for the job, it is equally important to make sure that new employees are quickly brought up to speed and productive. Perhaps even more critical is to keep turnover rates low and retain employees by making sure that they are satisfied with the job. Companies can use AI-powered tools to build a more effective and engaged workforce.

Automated onboarding processes

AI-powered recruitment software can analyze the experience, knowledge, and learning style of a new hire and generate tailored onboarding programs. This type of onboarding takes the employee’s personality and background into account, to help a new employee quickly become engaged and part of company culture.

This type of streamlined onboarding means that a new employee becomes productive faster and may be more satisfied with the job overall. Research shows that a successful onboarding experience leads to greater employee retention — employees are twice as likely to be satisfied at work and contribute to a positive company culture.[6]

Predictive analytics for employee turnover

AI is a powerful tool because it can collect and process large volumes of data. This ability to sift through data and identify patterns and correlations can be leveraged to pinpoint the things that contribute to employee turnover. Companies can use historical turnover data to develop models that predict potential turnover risks.

With the power of AI, companies can better understand the specific reasons for turnover, make improvements, and test the outcome. For example, if historical turnover data points to dissatisfaction with limited opportunities for growth, the company can offer career development programs, use AI to monitor the result, and make improvements to the programs.[7]

AI tools can have a significant impact on employee onboarding and retention, leading to more engaged, productive, and loyal employees.

Improving Workplace Conditions with AI

Working conditions are another factor in employee satisfaction and retention. Companies can leverage AI-powered tools to optimize the workspace, support career development, and maintain employee health.

Employers can leverage AI to optimize the working environment while improving employee well-being and retention. Image credit: Alice Mai Ah | Source:

AI for workspace optimization

Using AI, companies can create smart work environments that adapt to employee patterns, preferences, and usage. Automatic environmental adjustments like lighting, temperature, and desk configurations can lead to increased comfort, productivity, and energy cost savings for the company.

AI systems can also be used to optimize resources like meeting rooms, workstations, and common areas, making sure facilities are used effectively and that employee needs are supported.

AI-enhanced training and development

As discussed above, AI can be used during onboarding to get new employees working quickly. In addition to new hire training, AI tools can be used for ongoing growth, tailoring development programs to each employee’s learning styles, career goals, and performance. Using AI analytics, organizations can track the effectiveness of development programs and continuously improve them, leading to better career growth opportunities and satisfied employees.

Ensuring health and well-being

Predictive AI analytics can play a crucial role in improving employee mental health by analyzing patterns in employee data and feedback to catch signs of stress or burnout. Companies can use this data to take proactive measures that support the well-being of employees.

AI-powered ergonomic assessments and activity reminders can also help improve the workplace. Wearable devices and AI applications can provide data on workplace ergonomics and suggest improvements. Wearables can also remind employees to take breaks and stretch to maintain both mental and physical health.

Case Studies: AI-Driven Success in Hiring and Workplace Enhancement

Companies today are already leveraging powerful AI tools to enhance hiring and the workplace. These are just a few case studies that show how companies are seeing success with these tools.

  • ClearCompany – ClearCompany, a recruiting software platform, has automated employment verification, document submission, and analysis of learning pase using AI-driven onboarding software. This has resulted in a more efficient onboarding process and increased focus on strategic work that drives company growth.[6]

  • Genpact – This company has used AI to automate their entire onboarding experience, providing personalized experiences for new hires, which has helped speed up the onboarding process and improve retention.[8]

  • Tier 4 Group – This talent acquisition firm worked with TechScreen to streamline their tech hiring processes, resulting in a more effective, ethical, and considerate candidate screening process.[9]

  • Iceland Foods – During the pandemic, Iceland Foods partnered with to adapt their recruitment processes to a changing world. AI automation helped the company find the right candidates in the midst of global upheaval, demonstrating the resilience of AI-driven recruitment.[10]

These examples illustrate the diverse applications of AI in hiring and workplace enhancement, from improving candidate experience and streamlining the recruitment process, to fostering internal development and supporting ethical hiring practices.

Looking ahead: the next generation of AI in the workplace

The integration of AI into the workplace is poised to have a huge impact on how we work. Here are some ways that we predict AI will transform the workplace in specific industries.

  • Healthcare – By integrating data like medical imaging, lab results, and checkups, AI advancements will likely lead to more efficient healthcare systems, as well as more effective care, with better outcomes for patients.

  • Finance – The role of AI in fraud detection, personalized financial advising, and record keeping is likely to grow, but a strong emphasis on human oversight and ethical decision-making will remain a key part of the finance industry.

  • Education – In education, AI will be able to analyze and provide insights into student learning, and will help institutions create more engaging and personalized experiences for both students and teachers.

  • Retail – Predictive analytics will enable retailers to understand customer behavior, manage inventory, and improve customer service. AI has the potential to boost customer satisfaction and operational efficiency.

  • Manufacturing – AI will significantly impact how work is done in the manufacturing industry as well. Collaborative robots (cobots), predictive maintenance, and smart factories are AI-powered tools that will likely improve the safety and efficiency of manufacturing.

Ethical considerations: balancing technology and humanity

AI is a promising tool for improving workplaces and the efficiency, health, and well-being of workers. And because AI is for the benefit of humanity, it is important to examine ethical considerations and maintain a balance between technology and human values.

When using AI tools in hiring and HR functions, It is critical for companies to remain vigilant against bias and discrimination. Laws, standards, and guidelines that require AI tools to be audited for bias are already in place. It is also important for companies to monitor AI tools for bias during recruiting, hiring, and promotion.[11]

In an increasingly automated workplace, it is also essential for companies to balance AI and human interaction. While AI magnifies our human capabilities and streamlines the work that we do, it is important for companies to foster human relationships and empathy, and to take an ethical stance to put humans first when it comes to AI strategies.


The integration of AI into the hiring process, employee onboarding, and workplace improvement is a significant shift towards a more data-driven, efficient, and employee-centric approach to company management. As underscored by the case studies above, there are already tangible benefits to AI-driven strategies, from streamlined hiring processes to personalized onboarding experiences, to optimized workplace conditions that prioritize employee health and well-being.

As AI continues to evolve and is increasingly integrated into our workplaces, it is important to address ethical considerations and maintain a balance between technological advancements and human values. The future of AI in the workplace holds great promise for improving how we hire and work, and has the power to transform industries, improve the lives of workers, and shape how we think about work.


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Lydia is a technical writer captivated by innovative science and engineering. She holds a degree in Computer Science, credentials in electronics technology, and her background includes work in robotics, communications hardware, software, and developer documentation.