With Artificial Intelligence (AI) changing the skills needed in today’s workplace, around 64% of HR managers across industries have acknowledged that the rise of AI is transforming the landscape of in-demand skills, with 65% of respondents believing digital skills, interpersonal skills, and cognitive skills will be crucial for success in the AI era, finds a survey.
The top three in-demand cognitive skills in the AI era are:
- Creativity, originality, and imagination,
- Ability to learn
Around 43% of those who participated in the survey conducted by TalentLMS anticipate that their organisations will face a skill gap due to the increasing prevalence of AI.
Recognising the urgency to bridge this gap, a majority of HR managers (58%) will use upskilling and reskilling initiatives. Investment in AI training tools is also a priority for 58% of HR managers. Furthermore, 41% of HR managers intend to hire new employees to overcome the skills gap caused by AI, among other proactive measures.
The survey also unveiled the impact of AI on employee well-being. Fifty-six percent of HR managers agreed that the AI-driven necessity to develop new skills is contributing to increased employee stress. Moreover, 58% expressed concern that AI is fuelling job insecurity among employees, while the same percentage believed that older generations might feel less confident at work, compared to their younger colleagues.
How HR managers are adapting
Close to 85% of HR managers plan to invest in learning and development (L&D) initiatives to train employees on AI. Upskilling (63%) and reskilling (62%) emerged as critical focus areas for HR managers, while 54% emphasised the importance of allocating a budget for AI training.
When it comes to transitioning to an AI-driven future, 45% of HR managers stressed the necessity for companies to establish a clear AI policy—guidelines on how to ethically and appropriately leverage AI in the workplace. Additionally, 41% of HR managers believe that organisations should prepare for a blended workforce, comprising both employees and AI, to maximise the benefits of AI implementation.
“Embracing AI in our learning and development initiatives is crucial for building organisational resilience,” said Thanos Papangelis, co-founder of TalentLMS and CEO at Epignosis.
“It empowers individuals to adapt, innovate, and thrive in an ever-evolving landscape, ensuring future success.”