HR practitioners urged to adopt new technology
With the emergence of automated technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics, human resource (HR) practitioners have been advised to develop skills that would enable them to adopt automated systems to enhance their work.
Group Managing Director, SystemSpecs Holdings, John Obaro, made the call while addressing a gathering of HR managers at the investiture of Olusegun Mojeed as president of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) in Lagos.
Noting that the HR landscape would continue to face technological disruption, he urged that practitioners needed to start thinking of better ways to advance their skills and strategies.
With the fears that the penetration of AI and robotics in Nigeria will lead to loss of jobs, however, with innovation, creativity and the ability to adapt, he stressed that AI would complement humans rather than replace them.
Highlighting the usefulness of AI in the HR profession, Obaro said robots can automate the entire recruitment process by pulling information from several systems.
“AI can monitor your employees better for productivity measurement, using objective metrics to access and predict performance. It also allows managers real-time analytics to see the impact that absences, open shifts and unplanned schedule changes will have on key performance indicators,” he said.
He added: “Artificial intelligence involves the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems while robots are automated machines that can execute specific tasks with little or no human intervention and with speed and precision. AI and robotics have found application in several areas, including in medicine, agriculture, manufacturing, military activities, and even household activities.”
The tech guru charged the new leadership of the CIPM to maximise these benefits by fully embracing technology.