Artificial intelligence and emerging technologies such as virtual personal assistants and chatbots are rapidly making headway into the workplace, with Gartner predicting 69% of a manager's workload will be replaced by these technologies.
“The role of manager will see a complete overhaul in the next four years,” says Helen Poitevin, research vice-president at Gartner.
“Currently, managers often need to spend time filling in forms, updating information and approving workflows. By using AI to automate these tasks, they can spend less time managing transactions and can invest more time on learning, performance management and goal setting.”
AI and emerging technologies will undeniably change the role of the manager and will allow employees to extend their degree of responsibility and influence, without taking on management tasks. IT executives focused on innovation and AI are now accountable for improving worker experience, developing worker skills and building organisational competency in responsible use of AI.
“Leaders will need to support a gradual transition to increased automation of management tasks as this functionality becomes increasingly available across more enterprise applications,” says. Poitevin.
AI to Foster Workplace Diversity
Nearly 75% of heads of recruiting reported that talent shortages will have a major effect on their organisations. Enterprises have been experiencing critical talent shortage for several years. Organisations need to consider people with disabilities, an untapped pool of critically skilled talent. Today, AI and other emerging technologies are making work more accessible for employees with disabilities.
Gartner estimates that organisations actively employing people with disabilities have 89% higher retention rates, a 72% increase in employee productivity and a 29% increase in profitability.
In addition, Gartner said that by 2023, the number of people with disabilities employed will triple, due to AI and emerging technologies reducing barriers to access.
“Some organisations are successfully using AI to make work accessible for those with special needs,” says Poitevin. “Restaurants are piloting AI robotics technology that enables paralysed employees to control robotic waiters remotely. With technologies like braille-readers and virtual reality, organisations are more open to opportunities to employ a diverse workforce.”
By 2022, organisations that do not employ people with disabilities will fall behind their competitors.
Gartner's report, "Predicts 2020: AI and the Future of Work," features more aspects of how artificial intelligence will influence the shape of the workplace in the near future. Further predictions on all aspects of the IT industry can be found in the Gartner Special Report “Predicts 2020: Barriers Fall as Technology Adoption Grows,” a collection of research aimed at helping CIOs and IT leaders understand how emerging technologies are moving past barriers to widespread adoption at scale.