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Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Your Workforce?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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 we are unable to fulfill your HR needs, we will connect to an HR professional who can.

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How To Get Your Staff Back On Track After Summer Vacations

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Summer HR Horror Stories – And How To Avoid Them In Your Business

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Six Ways To Raise Your Leadership Game Today

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Six Ways To Raise Your Leadership Game Today
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Five critical actions for managing an employee grievance

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Questions To Ask Your Employees

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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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Could Pawternity Leave Be The Next Big Thing?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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What If You Refuse Vacation Time, And The Employee Takes Time Off Anyway?

Tiffany Boyes - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What If You Refuse Vacation Time, And The Employee Takes Time Off Anyway?   …read more


What Every Business Owner Needs To Know For The Third Quarter

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What Every Business Owner Needs To Know For The Third Quarter


We’re almost exactly smack dab in the middle of the year, and now’s a great time to take a step back from the day-to-day running of your business and consider the bigger picture. It’s easy to get caught up with the issues going on right now on your shop floor, but good leaders know that regular strategic planning is essential.


Here, we’re going to tell you exactly what you need to know from an HR and people management perspective, so you can thrive and hit your annual goals.

You can still recommit to your objectives


When we’re several months into a year, it can feel like the writing is already on the wall. In fact, the goals that you set back in January can seem like a distant memory. Are they still driving your activities, or have they almost been forgotten about? Assess your progress so far, and rethink what needs to be done to make the year a huge success.


Your HR boxes need to be checked


We don’t like to talk about HR in terms of box checking. It’s deeper than that. When you get it right, it’s about driving your strategic objectives. It’s about nurturing the most valuable resource that you can ever have in business. It’s about adding real, tangible value to your bottom line. But we’re also realistic, and it’s true that there are boxes that have to be checked so you’re compliant with legislation and your duties as an employer. Consider whether all of your policies and procedures are up to date in light of legislative changes and schedule performance reviews. Also, arrange discussions with your managers to ensure they’re getting the support they need.


Now’s the time to start planning for Christmas


When the weather’s warm and summer holidays are the current topic of discussion, talking about Christmas almost seems unnatural. However, some forward planning can help to avoid a whole world of problems. If your business experiences a rush around the fourth quarter, then consider exactly how that will map out. Also, consider your practical people issues. You might experience an influx of leave requests, for example, and you need to be prepared for keeping up and keeping track.


If you’ve taken your eye off the ball and you feel like the year is just happening to you, rather than you taking control of what’s possible and what’s necessary, then we can help. We offer an array of HR services, and we can make sure that you’re in a position to make this year a resounding success for your business. Give us a call today to arrange your initial no-obligation consultation.

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Should You Send Your Staff Home If It's Too Hot?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Should You Send Your Staff Home If It’s Too Hot?   …read more






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