AI, AI, AI – Bridging the trust gap between your employees and AI
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July 18, 2024

I’m Lewis, the director of Shepherd IT. I had a passion for technology since I was a young boy, I excelled in IT and computer science at college and started my career as a technology analyst helping people with their businesses IT problems.

“AI, AI, AI”, It’s everywhere now! You here about it constantly, and have probably been considering how to harness the full potential of AI to boost your company’s productivity and efficiency.

However, A trust gap when it comes to AI in the workplace has been revealed by a recent study, which is a small problem.

While you may see AI as a great opportunity for your Business, your employees will most likely be sceptical and even worried about their job security.

Here’s a snapshot of the findings:

• 62% of C-suite executives welcome AI, but only 52% of employees share the same enthusiasm.
• 23% of employees doubt their company’s commitment to employee interests when implementing AI.
• However, 70% of business leaders believe that AI should include human review and intervention, showing they view AI as an assistant rather than a replacement.

Now that we understand the situation, how can you introduce AI gently and reassure your employees that their roles are safe?

Honesty is key here, start by having honest and open conversations with your employees, and explain why you are introducing AI and how it will benefit the company and individual roles. Show your employees that AI is a helping hand, and not a jobs’ terminator.

It would be a good idea to invest in training that helps your workforce acquire the skills they need to work alongside AI. Make them feel empowered by showing that it can make their jobs more interesting and valuable.

I’m sure HR Companies would agree with me here.

Emphasize that your AI initiatives are designed to enhance human capabilities, not replace them. Let your team know that it will handle repetitive tasks, allowing them to focus on more creative and strategic aspects of their work.

Develop clear guidelines for responsible AI use in your business. Highlight your commitment to ethical practices and ensure that employees are aware of these policies.

Involve your employees in the implementation process. Seek their input, listen to their concerns, and make them part of the solution. This shows that you value their contributions.

Encourage a culture of continuous learning. Let your employees know that they’ll have opportunities for ongoing education and development, ensuring they stay relevant and valuable in the AI-driven workplace.

Introducing AI into your workplace doesn’t have to be a cause for concern among your employees. AI is a tool for growth and innovation, not a threat to job security.

If we can help you introduce the right AI tools in the right way, get in touch