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Paylocity releases new AI to aid with writing job descriptions

The company says using generative AI inside its suite can assuage compliance, privacy, and ethical concerns.
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Francis Scialabba

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Google “ChatGPT” and “résumé” and you’ll unearth a trove of info and step-by-step instructions on how candidates can leverage generative AI to make résumés sharper and tailored for specific job openings.

Two can play that game.

HR professionals with access to Paylocity can now use a new tool to help them craft job descriptions that best articulate the needs of their organization and the skills required for jobs in a way that aims to be compliant and mitigate against potential bias.


“With our capability to license OpenAI tooling, we can actually then put parameters…so that it can be focused on job descriptions that are unbiased and ensuring that they’re fair and equitable as they go to market, but also pulling that content that might be hard for someone who’s not well-versed in a very specific skill set or technicality or role to get those job descriptions started in draft mode,” said Dan Hassenplug, Paylocity’s senior director of product management.

The new AI feature for job description assistance was part of a number of new products and features the HR and payroll service announced last month. The company also released a new market pay tool that HR teams can use to inform comp decisions and a scheduling tool that allows employees to self-service things like shift swaps and availability, as well as updates to its LMS.

Paylocity first incorporated generative AI in its suite in its community feature. That tool helped HR pros with crafting effective internal messages for distribution company-wide through its portal.

“What we see is those [messages] can be difficult for an HR admin to produce…‘I want to make sure I’m communicating the right thing. I want to make sure that it’s effective in terms of [employees] opening it up and reading it,’” Hassenplug said, adding that the AI feature in the community feature “gives them that first draft that then they can go in and edit and modify and then post out to those employees.”

Zoom out. For Paylocity, embedding generative AI tools within its suite that accomplish specific goals and have guide rails governing how AI is used can provide a level of security that many HR teams are grappling with in terms of data security and privacy, especially as ChatGPT becomes more commonplace at work.

“One of the things that I’ve heard back from HR practitioners as I’ve talked to them about this technology is there’s…mixed emotions about whether or not this is good or bad, because of the HR laws that exist and the compliance that exists around using some of this stuff,” Hassenplug said.

With the help of generative AI, HCMs and other HR tech providers can sharpen productivity for HR administrators by removing mundane tasks or utilizing generative AI to do more difficult ones inside a suite of services, where compliance and ethics are built in, Hassenplug said.

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