Workday partners with Saab to help employees thrive

aerial photography of Stockholm architecture during a sunny day with clouds | Workday partnership with Saab

Workday has announced an expanded partnership with Saab, a Swedish defense and security company, to prioritize Saab’s employee experience and drive business success.

Since their collaboration began in 2017, Saab has leveraged the Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) suite and Workday Peakon Employee Voice to modernize its HR platform and improve employee engagement.

Today, the expanded partnership aims to utilize AI-powered Semantic search to assist Saab in understanding and addressing employee sentiments while keeping on track with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and sustainability objectives. Through software, Saab gains real-time insights into employee feedback, enabling proactive measures to enhance employee well-being and prevent burnout.

In addition, through the alliance and with scalable tools and machine learning capabilities, Saab is now able to identify talent and bridge skill gaps effectively, fostering a smarter, competency-driven workforce approach.

The investment comes as Saab’s headcount has grown by 13 percent in the last year, almost 2,500 employees globally, and seeks to increase further in the coming years.

“Our most important assets are our employees. To keep creating ground-breaking solutions, we need our employees to thrive and be inspired to grow together with the company,” comments Lena Eliasson, head of group human resources at Saab.

“By merging effective HR approaches with technology, we are able to increase flexibility and improve the efficiency of our recruitment process as well as to respond more swiftly to employees’ needs and aspirations. With Workday, we have more efficient, secure and unified people management as well as a better data structure in Saab’s systems for all global HR processes,” she added.

Karin Hagman, VP Nordics at Workday, also commented on the news: “Saab is on a growth journey and they are doing a great job with both recruiting and retention, increasing their staff size and capabilities at the same time.

“What’s most impressive to me, however, is that they still manage to keep their eye on the long-term targets regarding DEI, sustainability and employee sentiment. Saab is using our technology to make sure they stay on track and continue improving whilst adding thousands of individuals to the organization.”