Among the organizations we work with at Aware Force, some are banning ChatGPT and other forms of AI among employees. Our team is looking at how AI is taking hold in the enterprise, and the conclusion we see is clear. Don’t avoid it.
The number of job postings on LinkedIn mentioning GPT (the generative pre-trained transformers behind AI) has increased by more than 50% since the beginning of 2023.
New numbers from Accenture shows that over 60% of workers have a favorable view of the impact of AI on their work, and two-thirds acknowledge that they must develop their own skills to work with intelligent machines.
The AI skills gap compounds a broader digital skills crisis. In a global survey of more than 23,000 workers, nearly three-quarters of respondents said they lack the necessary resources to learn the digital skills they need to succeed in the current and future workforce.
Large companies, however, are not on the same page as employees. Business leaders believe only about one-quarter of their workforce is prepared for AI adoption. Yet only 3% are planning significant increases in their training budgets to meet the skills challenges posed by AI, according to MIT Sloan.
One area where this is likely to be seen most significantly is employee training. The ease of use and immersive nature of AI and VR are taking employee training to a new level, said Tacy Byham, chief executive officer of DDI, an international human resources and leadership development consultancy company.
Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) are increasing, including skills inventories providing organizations the ability to quickly pivot by reorganizing talent already available. At a moment's notice, skills inventories attempt to answer the question: Can we do business differently with our current employees or the talent available in the labor market?
Bose said the company has already trained over 100 engineers through its six-month program. Johnson & Johnson aims to digitally upskill 10,000 additional employees this year so they can use the tech to forecast sales or improve operations.
The acceleration of AI in the workplace is an undeniable force that executives cannot ignore. Embracing it isn’t merely a matter of keeping up with trends but a strategic imperative to ensure an organization’s competitiveness and relevance in the market. Fearful skepticism or an outright ban on AI applications will not delay the inevitable: AI is here to stay!
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