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Would Having an AI Boss Be Better Than a Human One?

9 Jul
by Suzie Business Owner & Senior HRBP

The idea of having an AI boss is intriguing, and an article I recently came across highlighted some of the potential benefits. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of this emerging technology.

The Pros:

  • Efficient Scheduling: An AI manager can assist employees working flexible hours remotely by helping them set their schedules and plan their workloads in advance.
  • Time Management: It can monitor timekeeping, send deadline reminders, check-in messages, and record the time spent on different clients for accurate billing.
  • Content Assistance: The AI can offer suggestions to improve written content and provide answers to work-related questions.
  • Centralised Updates: It can automatically update everyone’s work progress in a central portal, ensuring transparency and real-time collaboration.

The Cons:

  • Lack of Human Touch: AI cannot mentor or coach employees, recognise top talent, or support those who may be struggling as effectively as a human manager.
  • Surveillance Concerns: Using AI for surveillance could create a Big Brother atmosphere, potentially deterring the right talent.
  • Cybersecurity Risks: Relying on AI for managing company processes, procedures, and intellectual property could expose the organisation to cloning and ransom demands.

As we continue to integrate AI into the workplace, it’s fascinating to observe its development. While AI can streamline many tasks, the human element in management remains irreplaceable. Balancing AI’s efficiency with human empathy and mentorship will be key to leveraging its full potential.

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