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What's on Your Mind? Bosses Are Using AI to Find Out

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

This year, for the first time, the Manhattan, Kan.-based company tapped an artificial-intelligence tool called Xander to analyze responses. Xander can determine whether an employee feels optimistic, confused or angry, and provide insights to help manage teams, the tool's developers at Ultimate Software Group Inc. ULTI 2.55% said. From a block of text, the software analyzes answers to open-ended questions based on language and other data, assigning attitudes or opinions to employees. One top executive at SPS learned from recent survey analysis that he needed to work on his temper. "One of my lowest scoring items was maintaining my composure under stress," he said of the feedback from his direct reports.


What's on Your Mind? Bosses Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Find Out

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This year, for the first time, the Manhattan, Kan.-based company tapped an artificial-intelligence tool called Xander to analyze responses. Xander can determine whether an employee feels optimistic, confused or angry, and provide insights to help manage teams, the tool's developers at Ultimate Software Group Inc. said. From a block of text, the software analyzes answers to open-ended questions based on language and other data, assigning attitudes or opinions to employees. One top executive at SPS learned from recent survey analysis that he needed to work on his temper. "One of my lowest scoring items was maintaining my composure under stress," he said of the feedback from his direct reports.


New AI software may help companies hire or fire employees and gauge whether they like their job

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Sometime soon, artificial intelligence could be to blame for you getting hired or fired. A growing number of employers have turned to AI to make hiring and firing decisions, as well as to determine how people feel about their bosses, according to the Wall Street Journal. One of the most popular kinds of workplace-focused AI software out there is called Xander and it can determine whether an employee feels optimistic, confused or angry, among other things. In the past, companies have often used technology to keep track of employee actions and increase productivity. But recently, they've begun using AI for hiring, firing and compensation Xander, which is developed by tech firm Ultimate Software, is being used at steel processor SPS Companies in Manhattan, Kansas, the Journal noted.


Russian AI 'Vera' is helping companies find candidates

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A Russian startup has created a realistic looking robot that's being used to interview prospective employees at several top international companies. Called'Vera,' the robot uses artificial intelligence technology to narrow down applicants to the top candidates based on job requirements. Vera was developed by St. Petersburg-based startup Strafory and now counts more than 300 clients, including Pepsi, Ikea and L'Oreal, according to Bloomberg. Pictured is Vera, a robot created by Russian startup Strafory. Companies are mostly using Vera to recruit employees for'high-turnover service and blue collar positions' like clerks, waiters and construction workers, Bloomberg said.


The Surprising Way AI Is Making Engagement More Human

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Artificial intelligence and human resources may seem like strange allies at first glance. Artificial intelligence (AI) calls to mind words such as "cold," "robotic," and "automated," while human resources (HR) is, for all intents and purposes, focused on people and relationships. Even the names themselves seem hopelessly at odds: AI is artificial; HR is human. This cursory lens may be an underlying reason why HR has been one of the last functions to adopt AI technologies, while nearly every other department is in the midst of an AI frenzy. The truth is that AI and HR are actually a far better-suited match than their competing labels would suggest.