THE FUTURE IS NOW: AI ALREADY MAKING AN
IMPACT ON ONTARIO
As robotics and automation become key drivers of the new
economy, a new paper by the Human Resources Professionals
Association (HRPA) reveals that the use of artificial intelligence
(AI) has already found its way into human resources departments,
a trend that is expected to further grow in the coming years.
“The future is here and employers have good reasons to embrace
AI's increasing role in HR functions,” said Scott Allinson, vice-president
of public affairs at HRPA. “Utilizing AI is not about
worker displacement, but a useful tool paired with human judg-ment
to allow HR professionals to focus on strategic planning on
an organizational level by reducing administrative burdens.”
The new paper titled, A New Age of Opportunities: What Does
Artificial Intelligence mean for HR Professionals? explores key areas
in which AI can help organizations reduce the administrative bur-den,
recruit, reduce bias and improve employee engagement. The
paper also outlines the legal and technological issues surrounding
AI, and makes eight recommendations to employers and HR pro-fessionals
on using AI to assist with recruiting, reducing bias and
improving employee engagement.
“This is a time of constant change. Harnessing AI to enhance HR
functions means employers must be diligent with data collection
and storage, and transparent about data use,” said Allinson. “The
sooner companies have policies in place to both utilize employee
data to keep them satisfied, while maintaining oversight and per-sonal
privacy, the better it will be to ensure the use of AI is being
maximized to strengthen the HR profession.”
The full report can be found here.
DESPITE STRONGER ECONOMY, CANADIAN
WORKERS CAN EXPECT ONLY MODEST SALARY
INCREASES IN 2018
For the seventh year in a row, Canadian organizations are plan-ning
moderate base salary increases. The average pay increase for
non-unionized employees is projected to be 2.4 per cent next year,
slightly higher than the actual increases of 2.2 per cent in 2017,
according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Compensation
Planning Outlook 2018.
“While the Canadian economy is firing on all cylinders this
year, growth projections for next year and beyond show a slow-ing
down of the economy. As a result, business leaders continue
to exercise caution, keeping a cap on organizational spending and,
by extension, salary increases,” said Allison Cowan, director, Total
Rewards Research at The Conference Board of Canada.
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