How A.I. Can Change HR, Preparing For Intelligent Technologies In Your Workplace, Work-From-Home Stats And Learning To Appreciate Disagreement At Work #FridayFinds

Focused mainly on disruptive technologies in HR, this week’s #FridayFinds edition brings you the most shared and talked about articles:

Reid Hoffman: A.I. Is Going to Change Everything About Managing Teams

The HR industry is changing and incorporating technology at a rapid pace. In a recent article, we talked about the different ways in which virtual and augmented reality, advanced machine learning, autonomous agents and things, the Internet of Things, wearables, self-charging phones and wireless electricity can re-design talent management and HR in the following years.

This article delves into another aspect of this digital transformation of HR: A.I. (Artificial Intelligence). In an essay for MIT Sloan Management Review, LinkedIn Cofounder Reid Hoffman describes human applications for the technology, putting forward the idea that data science to improve the way we onboard new team members, organize workflow, and communicate about performance.

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Future Of Work: Three Ways To Prepare For The Impact Of Intelligent Technologies In Your Workplace

Also on the subject of technology in the workplace, Jeanne Meister, co-author of The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees opens the conversation into whether or not many of us will become obsolete in the wake of this race for automation.

If you want to know how technology will impact the jobs in your company, start by asking these three questions:

  1. What key jobs will be impacted by intelligent technologies?
  2. What are key strategies employees can use to deal with intelligent technologies?
  3. What can a business and HR leader do about the impact of intelligent technologies in their organization?

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More People Work From Home Now Than Ever Before

Another disruptive trend is telecommuting or remote working. According to Global Workplace Analytics and the Telework Research Network, regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed US population, has grown by 103% since 2005. Moreover, 3.7 million employees (2.8% of the workforce) now work from home at least half the time.

Healthcare, technology, and education are the most well-represented industries, but there are also openings in finance, hospitality, and research.

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Learning to Appreciate Disagreement at Work

Some people enjoy disagreeing. It can be that it energizes them, reinforces their opinions or there can be a multitude of reasons why. Others are averse to any form of disagreement because it drains them of energy or because they have a better way to deal with the situation, from their perspective.

This article is for the second type of people, those who would do a lot to avoid confrontation of any sort. Whitney Johnson references The Right Fight, where Saj-nicole Joni offers a framework for deciding which disagreements can be productive.

The criteria are that you’re fighting over something that genuinely matters, that it’s something one of the combatants has the power to change, and that you’re following clear rules of engagement. In these situations, entering the fray simply means that we care enough to risk the discomfort of conflict for the greater good.

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Join us next week as we share more of our favorite articles. We’d also love to know what articles made your week and what topics you’d like us to talk about next week so comment away.

Happy weekend!

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