HR & the Future Workplace: Start Planning for These 5 Realities

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HR professionals who don’t understand – and aren’t planning for – the big technology changes affecting HR are falling behind their peers … and they risk falling out of the profession completely.

That’s because CEOs expect their leaders to stay in tune with the tech revolution. In fact, a full 66% of executives say that artificial intelligence (AI) can drive “significant value” for HR. Big Data, AI and other technologies are changing everything from onboarding to leave administration to your legal compliance!

Attorney Jennifer Betts of Ogletree Deakins, a featured speaker at the upcoming 2019 HR Specialist Summit, speaks and writes often on HR’s role (both legal and practical) in this evolving tech trend. Here are five things that Betts says HR should be planning for now:

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1. It’s not just AI. Organizations are increasingly using intelligent robotics to perform tasks that previously required humans. Biometrics are becoming a more secure way to authenticate employee identity. Plus, wearable technologies (like smartglasses and exoskeletons) can augment employees’ capabilities, and virtual reality is being used in recruiting and collaboration.

2. If you aren’t ahead, you aren’t behind … yet. Organizations are all at different stages of digital maturity. For better or worse, business leaders will look to HR to lead their organizations’ digital transformations. Staying current with the best practices (and the legal and practical risks) associated with new technologies will be increasingly important.

3. Potential bias isn’t the only legal concern. Most legal attention has focused on the potential for AI to unintentionally treat one protected group (say, women) differently than another. But be aware of other labor and employment issues. Example: new federal and state laws regulating your collection and usage of sensitive data – and the health/safety compliance issues with wearables and tech devices.


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4. Expect new (and more) regulation. The fit between 21st century technology and 20th century laws is not always a good one, leading some organizations to hesitate before incorporating technology. Consider a state-by-state analysis of laws and regulations before adopting new tech.

5. Legal compliance is not enough. While legal compliance is key, pay attention to your employee relations when it comes to new tech. Employees are anxious about what new developments will mean for their jobs. In advance of implementing any new technology, pay attention to communication strategies and the potential for retraining or upskilling.

For forward-thinking HR professionals, this tech revolution opens a whole new door of opportunities – but also some risks. You’ll find a complete briefing on this topic and dozens of other important HR issues at the HR Specialist Summit, Sept. 4-6. Plus, you’ll have a fabulous time at the legendary MGM Grand Resort & Casino.

See you in Las Vegas!

Dan Kaplan, Esquire
Moderator, 2019 HR Specialist Summit

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