Why AI won’t be able to handle the human resources function in a company

by | Mar 17, 2023 | Blog

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    Amy Newbanks Letke, SPHR, GPHR, is the Founder of Integrity HR, Inc. Amy provides workplace solutions to improve performance, reduce liability and increase profits. She is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize various aspects of business operations, including human resources (HR). With the advent of HR software and chatbots, companies are increasingly turning to AI to handle routine HR tasks such as recruiting, onboarding, and performance evaluation. However, there are several reasons why AI won’t be able to replace human HR professionals in the near future.

  1. AI lacks human intuition and empathy. While AI can analyze vast amounts of data and provide insights, it lacks the ability to understand and respond to the emotional nuances of human interactions. HR professionals often deal with sensitive issues, such as employee conflicts, mental health concerns, and workplace harassment. They must use their intuition and empathy to connect with employees and provide support. AI cannot replicate this emotional intelligence, which is crucial for building trust and maintaining a positive workplace culture.
  2. AI can perpetuate biases. AI algorithms are only as unbiased as the data they are trained on. If the data used to train an AI system is biased, it will produce biased results. This can have significant consequences for HR functions, such as recruiting and performance evaluation, which require objective and fair assessments. Human HR professionals can recognize and correct biases in the hiring process, but AI is not capable of such critical thinking.
  3. AI cannot replace human judgment. HR professionals often need to make complex decisions that require a nuanced understanding of the company’s culture, goals, and values. AI can provide insights and recommendations, but it cannot make decisions on its own. Human judgment is necessary to balance competing interests and make decisions that benefit the company and its employees.
  4. AI cannot replace the human touch. Finally, HR professionals play a crucial role in building relationships with employees and fostering a sense of community within the workplace. While AI can automate certain HR tasks, it cannot replace the human touch that is necessary for building trust and rapport with employees. In a world where remote work is becoming more prevalent, the human touch is more important than ever in ensuring that employees feel valued and supported.

AI and the Future of HR

In conclusion, while AI has the potential to streamline certain HR tasks, it cannot replace human HR professionals ….clearly, not in the near future. HR functions require emotional intelligence, strategy, real-world experience, critical thinking, human judgment, and the human touch, all of which AI cannot replicate. Rather than replacing human HR professionals, companies should look to integrate AI into HR processes to augment human capabilities and improve efficiency. And of course… use the capability of trained human resources consultants to supplement developing strategy around this initiative. Contact Integrity HR today for more information!

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