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NOTEBOOK: Will AI and automation reduce employment?


After our most recent Power Breakfast, titled “The Talent War II,” ManpowerGroup’s Central Iowa Executive Vice President Kathy Joblinske reached out my way to share some research her company had prepared. She was hoping to ask a question about artificial intelligence and automation and their effect on workforce, but, alas, I never called on her hand that waved in the sea of eager hands that morning. But hey, sometimes it pays to be missed. I read through the white paper she sent my way, and thought it was fascinating and worth sharing. In the paper, ManpowerGroup provides a look at a survey it conducted that showed 91% of employers plan to increase or maintain head count as the result of automation. It also showed that employers are shifting head count to other roles that are front-line and customer-facing, according to Joblinske. Of course, this is national, and not necessarily reflective of what’s happening locally; that will require further exploration. You can download the white paper here: https://bit.ly/2Dp0MkU 

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