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Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Your Workforce?
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise, and it’s safe to say that it’s ruffled a few feathers. Many have speculated that its increasing popularity and sophistication will replace human workers, and many employees are concerned. In fact, recent research from Bersin by Deloitte found that 33% of workers expect their jobs to be augmented by AI in the near future. Some think that HR should be worried too, and that it won’t be long until the entire function can be replaced by advanced technology.
Realistically though, when you step aside from the fear mongering, it’s a bit of a stretch to think that all jobs will be completely wiped out. There will almost definitely always be a need for human workers, but it’s certainly true that many businesses could benefit from considering how to better harness AI and use it to support and refine existing processes and ways of working. But how exactly? And what will the future really look like?
Interestingly, it’s been suggested that AI could rid the recruitment process of human bias. It could screen the characteristics and qualifications of those who exceed in certain roles, and build up criteria to assess candidates against during screening and selection activities. Choosing the right member of staff doesn’t get much more scientific than that.
AI could also allow leaders to be just that – leaders. When admin tasks are largely automated, it frees up people power to focus on empowering and motivating a team of staff. So while many are worried about technology replacing people, it could be argued that it will allow individuals to really hone in on their soft skills and their ability to lead.
Of course, much of this is speculation. If one thing’s for sure though, it’s that we’re entering a new frontier in the world of work and employment, and opportunities and challenges will exist that we probably haven’t ever even considered before.
Are you excited about what the future holds? And will you be looking at ways to automate more of your operations? If you and your team are spending
a load of time on transactional activities when it comes to managing staff, then get in touch today to arrange your initial consultation. We can help you to pinpoint where you can better harness technology to drive your business forward.If
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Five Questions To Ask Your Employees This Week
If you speak to most employers, they’ll probably tell you that they have a pretty good grasp on what’s going on in their workplace. There’s small talk over sandwiches in the cafeteria, and important discussions in the conference rooms. You probably feel like you have your finger on the pulse, and know exactly what’s going on beneath the surface.
Here’s the thing though. If you want to excel, you need to go a little deeper. Want to have some more meaningful conversations this week?
Ask the following questions.
How do you think we could improve the business?
Sometimes, you’re so involved in your own business that it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. Your staff are working with your clients and customers each and every day. They’ll often have an advanced understanding of what’s really happening. So find out how they think you could move forward. You could pick up some amazing ideas and it could do wonders for engagement and morale.
What can we do to make your job easier?
Improving productivity could have a real impact on your profits. Your staff know what’s expected from them, but are you giving them the support they need? Maybe you could roll out a system that automates a trickier part of their daily activities. Perhaps you could invest in new equipment to cut down on the time that’s spent on certain tasks. It’s about supporting your staff to be the very best they can be.
What are we doing within the business that is no longer necessary?
Outdated systems and procedures could be costing you a fortune and ensuring that you play small. It could be time to ditch the things that aren’t working, and start moving towards the future. Your staff keep things running on an operational basis, so it’s likely that they’ve got plenty of thoughts to share.
Where do you want to be in the next 2/3/5 years?
If you’re not nurturing your team and doing your part to keep them motivated and on track, then a time will come when they start to look elsewhere. When you know their ambitions and aspirations, you can consider how you can align these with your succession planning.
How’s your work-life balance at the moment?
Have you stopped to consider what your employees get up to outside of work? It’s important that they have time to relax and unwind. Ask about your employees’ families, children, pets, interests, and hobbies. How could you support them in striking an effective balance? Showing an interest is often greatly appreciated, and it could help you to get a better understanding of wider issues that are having an impact on your workforce.
If you ask these questions this week, it’s guaranteed that you’ll unearth some extremely valuable gems when it comes to working out what makes your staff tick.
Perhaps you already know that your people practices need some work, but you’re not quite sure where to start. If this is the case, then we want to help. Our HR health check could get you on the right track to making some serious improvements. Interested? Contact us today.
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