Remote work has surged over the past four months as a result of the national and state quarantines. Many organizations have articulated their concern for maintaining productivity amid all these disruptions, according to a recent survey from Enaible, leading to the introduction of AI-driven tools that monitor performance and promote teamwork. There is already plenty of evidence that technology is associated with gains in firm and organizational productivity. Researchers have also found that these gains require good management practices--simply adopting technology and letting it run does nothing. While the research on the productivity effects of AI in the workplace is only at its infancy, and applications of AI are so new, recent research of mine draws upon over a million individuals observed between 2008 and 2018 in Gallup's U.S. Daily Poll to study the relationship between well-being and technological change. We found that increases in technological change led to increases in the probability that an employee reports using their strengths at work, as well as increases in both current life satisfaction and optimism about future life satisfaction.
Research shows that a little foliage near employees' desks improves intellectual performance, job satisfaction and well-being. 'There is a fashion for minimalist, monochrome styling which pleases managers,' said psychologist Dr Craig Knight, who led the research. 'But in reality it crushes the human spirit. 'Adding plants makes people happier and productive – but the real benefit comes from giving them autonomy.' The psychological study from the University of Exeter measured how well workers did in different environments.
An unhealthy, dangerous or otherwise toxic workspace is known to deter workers from innovation and damage a company's reputation. Entrepreneurs have a responsibility to ensure that working environments keep employees safe, satisfied and positive so they can remain productive and innovative on the job. With the focus on workplace health management programs, along with the emergence of AI technologies, it's crucial to understand how these disruptive tools will affect the health -- mental, social and physical -- of workers across various sectors. AI is promising to change the way workplaces operate, but will it be a force for good or disrupt workplace culture in negative ways? With the expectation that AI will create a $190.6 billion market by 2025, it could be a tool used to provide healthier, more productive, and accessible work environments for all employees.
The past decade of machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, video game playing robots, effective web search, and revolutionary drug treatments. While Artificial Intelligence has been impressive in achieving these specific tasks, this does not always correspond to the broader goal of cultivating human well-being. This winter, Stanford is launching a unique class that aims to bridge the gap between technology and societal objectives: How do we design AI to promote human flourishing? We will draw on behavioral research to discuss what makes humans thrive. Behavioral research shows that for people to flourish, they need meaning, which involves an ability to understand and value others, a sense of belonging, and knowledge that they are making a contribution bigger than themselves.