Digital tools can help individuals and organizations work more efficiently and effectively without burning out or sacrificing work-life balance. In this article, Karl Escritt, CEO of Like Digital & Partners, unveils the new technologies defining the workplace.
Artificial intelligence is already deeply embedded in our day-to-day lives, from chatbots to virtual assistants. When we talk about AI, however, there still seems to be an undercurrent of fear that “the robots are coming for our jobs.” Although some roles will become obsolete, it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, I believe the benefits of AI in the workplace far outweigh the potential threats. Furthermore, it is possible to use AI tools to our own advantage to improve our work-life balance.
A recent report by McKinsey suggests that about half the activities currently carried out by the world’s workers could be automated. Thus, the key word here is “activities,” not jobs. Consequently, 30 percent of the activities in 60 percent of occupations could be automated by 2030. The report states that nearly all occupations will be affected by automation. However, only 5 percent of occupations could be fully automated by currently demonstrated technologies.
Certain industries will face more significant impacts than others. Hospitality roles that require people management, niche expertise, and interfacing with stakeholders are less susceptible to automation.
Here are some of the ways digital tools can help us work more efficiently and effectively, allowing employees to spend more time ideating and creating and promoting a greater work-life balance.
Automation of routine and repetitive tasks
One of the most obvious and far-reaching benefits of AI is the automation of routine and repetitive tasks. There are a range of AI-driven tools already on the market that can help streamline more monotonous daily tasks, boosting productivity and enabling staff to perform more fulfilling activities.
Project management tools
AI-powered project-management tools can streamline workflows and reduce administrative responsibilities to allow more bandwidth for creativity and execution. They are able to summarize meeting notes, estimate project costs and forecast resource needs.
Supporting mental well-being
Employers can enhance team performance with dedicated AI tools for workplace mental health, ensuring their teams are thriving and resilient. Platforms recognizing emotions, detecting burnout signs, virtual coaching and AI-driven EAPs offer diverse ways for employers to support and nurture teams.
Enhanced decision making
In our always-on lives, there simply aren’t enough minutes in the day to process all the information available. Consequently, AI algorithms can help professionals make more informed decisions by analyzing huge streams of data.
Even the most organized among us can benefit from enhanced time management. Additionally, virtual assistants and smart calendars powered by AI enable effective workload prioritization, creating more time for family, friends, and fitness.
AI is already shaping the way we write, from using predictive text in your iPhone messages to Gmail’s email composer. Moreover, when used and attributed correctly, these tools can save us time and streamline our communication.
AI tools can analyze and process vast amounts of data while eliminating the margin of human error.