Harriet, an AI tool developed by a UK-based company, has raised £1.2 million in a pre-seed round to introduce artificial intelligence in human resources. The tool scans existing organizational policies and documents to identify missing information, and helps firms clean up their data. It then operates as a personal HR assistant for every employee, relieving the HR team of their daily administrative workload. Harriet is accessible via Slack and linked to other HR tools, such as ticketing systems, HRIS, and payroll. The AI-powered assistant helps employees book their leave and access company policies and relevant documents. Harriet also provides an anonymous route for staff to access sensitive information, such as parental leave policies for family planning, and information about booking bereavement leave.
CEO Cecily Motley stated that Harriet AI has been created to ensure that companies are set up to benefit from AI advancements, as the tool lays the right foundations and unlocks efficiencies. Harriet cleans up data, gets companies onto the right track, and then offers daily assistance to employees and HR teams. She added that HR teams are responsible for many vital tasks, such as managing culture and compensation, but are frequently overwhelmed by low-value admin tasks. Harriet assists the HR team and allows them to focus on their core tasks. To provide valuable insight and guidance in the HR industry, a team of highly experienced HR industry leaders will join Harriet as advisors.
Harriet’s pre-seed round was led by Concept Ventures and supported by Frontline Ventures, Portfolio Ventures, and Notion Capital. Companies looking to take advantage of AI solutions need to have the right tools in place to unlock efficiencies. As teams expect instant access to information and support, AI solutions like Harriet will be critical in the HR industry. Therefore, Harriet has been designed to clean up data, get companies onto the right track, and then offer the daily assistance staff and people teams are looking for.