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Working with chatbots and AI: The future for your job

 

Talking to a chatbot, working with an intelligent assistant and augmenting your role with various other artificial intelligence (AI) systems will become standard components of your job as the implementation of automation continues to ramp up, says recruiting experts Hays.

Intelligent assistants are already used in our personal lives, and organisations are now exploring how they can take advantage of these technologies in the workplace. But while they can streamline many processes, such technologies also bring challenges, according to Hays in its recent Hays Journal.

“Many of us think nothing of speaking into a device and asking it to add an item to a shopping list or play a song we cannot remember the title of,” says Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand. “We understand that when companies use Facebook Messenger or Twitter to communicate with us, we’re really ‘talking’ to a chatbot, not a human being.

“Now AI is set to make a big impact in the world of work.”

AI is already growing in use across some sectors: 38 per cent of 10,400 respondents from 140 countries surveyed for 2017 Deloitte Human Capital Trends research said they are already using AI in their workplace, and 62 per cent expect to do so by 2018. A third of employees surveyed said they think their jobs will be augmented by AI in the future.

The challenge for employees, says Jason, is that many will need to upskill in digital literacy, while for organisations the cost of implementing such systems is high.

As for the initial changes to the way we work, Hays shares the following insights:

  1. 1.     Automation of repetitive tasks: Repetitive task based work can soon be expected to become automated, freeing up valuable time and allowing workers to concentrate on other areas of their role.
  2. 2.     Automated self-service: Machine learning chatbots that recognise speech and text-based conversation will be used to respond to HR queries from workers.
  3. 3.     Intelligent assistants: Intelligent assistants could help to process large amounts of data to provide businesses with information, allowing workers to make better informed decisions.
  4. 4.     Learning & development: Algorithms could identify an employee’s area of learning and where their skills could be strengthened.
  5. 5.     Identify passive jobseekers: Machine learning also has the potential to detect passive candidates by means of their online behaviour.

“Chatbots and the use of AI for internal communication is definitely on the rise and, apart from the automation of repetitive tasks, this is where we expect people to see the greatest initial impact of AI systems in their daily jobs,” Jason explains. “HR and payroll are obvious areas where we can expect this technology to be implemented initially.”

This issue is explored further in the latest Hays Journal.

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

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For further information please contact Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand, on jason.walker@hays.net.nz or +64 (0) 9 375 9424.

About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. We are the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in Asia Pacific and the UK and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. We operate across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 30 June 2017 Hays employed 10,000 staff operating from 250 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2017 Hays plc reported net fees of £954.6 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £211.5 million. Hays plc placed around 70,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 240,000 people into temporary assignments. 24% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.