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Keeping the Human in Human Resources: Planning for AI’s Role in HRIS

By: Dave Rietsema On: April 14, 2019
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It used to be that AI was something that only existed in science fiction. But now, advances in technology and programming have reached a stage where artificial intelligence can now be found in a wide range of technologies, from Google to our smartphones. Google uses RankBrain, an artificial intelligence that relies on machine learning, to rank its search results. Siri, Cortana, and Alexa are in our mobile devices and our homes.

And now AI is making its way into Human Resources.

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How Can AI Improve a HRIS?

Although using AI in HRIS solutions is still in the early stages, there are many ways it can improve the functionality of a HRIS. Soon we’ll be able to see artificial intelligence used in many of the following applications:

  • Recruiting
  • Employee services
  • Data interpretation
  • Predictive analytics
  • Personalized coaching
  • Learning management
  • Performance management

Preparing for the Future

Even though AI in HRIS solutions isn’t fully implemented across the board, it’s important to begin thinking about how your human resources strategies may change in light of new technological advances. The idea behind incorporating AI into a HRIS isn’t to replace human employees but to instead make their jobs easier.

Since neither employees nor the human resources department will be replaced with robots, it’s essential to think ahead of time about how to best adopt technology into the company culture. Technology has been improving at an exponential rate, so quickly that it’s impossible to keep up with it. Many companies are lagging behind in adopting technology into their workflow and the longer they wait, the more difficult the transition will be.

Improving Employee Skills

One of the most important tasks before adopting technology into your company is to train employees in how to use the new technology. Just as vital, if not more so, is to determine whether some tasks that are currently done by human employees will be taken over by software or automation. If so, then training your human workforce so that their skills will be useful for other tasks that may require more adaptability and flexibility than computer software can handle.

Adapting Company Culture

Another important task before adopting any new technology is to ensure that the company culture is ready for it. If your HR department has historically not used a HRIS to automate any of its tasks or the company has lagged behind in adopting technology, there may be some resistance. Employees may fear the change, worry that they may be replaced by computers, or dread learning to use any software that is brought on board.

Company cultures don’t change overnight. Taking it slow and bringing technology into your company a step at a time will help your employees adapt to the change and learn how to use it. Too much change at once can be overwhelming and could have a negative impact on your strategy and planning.

It’s best to adopt one new set of features at once to give not only your employees a chance to learn to use it and to incorporate it into their daily routines, but also to ensure that it’s the best fit your company’s needs, strategies, and plans.

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