TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - 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 (HR) 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. "Utilizing AI is not about worker displacement but a useful tool paired with human judgment 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 burden, recruit, reduce bias and improve employee engagement. The paper also outlines the legal and technological issues surrounding AI, and makes 8 recommendations to employers and HR professionals 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," concluded Allinson. "The sooner companies have policies in place to both utilize employee data to keep them satisfied, while maintaining oversight and personal privacy, the better it will be to ensure the use of AI is being maximized to strengthen the HR profession."
Through an Act of the Ontario Legislature, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) regulates the professional HR practice of its more than 23,000 members in Ontario, across Canada and around the world. HRPA connects members with an unmatched range of HR information, resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities. On an annual basis, HRPA hosts Canada's largest HR conference and trade show. HRPA issues three levels of professional certification: the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation for practitioners entering the profession and working in administrative capacities; the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), for practitioners working in fully professional capacities; and the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), for senior executives.