Is AI in the workplace a threat or an advantage to employees? Let’s find out.

Is AI in the workplace a threat or an advantage to employees? Let’s find out.

Are AI technologies "taking" human jobs, creating them, or somewhere in between? Our latest collaboration with the OECD will help inform global policy through real-world examples.
Is AI in the workplace a threat or an advantage to employees? Let’s find out.
Anne-Marie Mulumba
Collaborator
November 4, 2021
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Are Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies ‘taking’ human jobs, creating more jobs or somewhere in between? Our latest collaboration with the OECD is seeking case studies from Canadian finance and manufacturing firms. We’ll help inform global policy through real-world examples.

What do we know about the impacts of AI on jobs?

More than ever, people fear that companies will need robots more than they need them. 

Contrary to popular belief, machines won’t take all jobs. The picture, while incomplete, is far more nuanced than that. Automation will eliminate certain jobs, but that shift might increase employment rates and lead to higher productivity levels. According to The Economist which cites the OECD, “countries facing higher ‘automation risk’ in 2012 saw stronger employment growth” that year. The OECD found that Japan, Singapore and South Korea had low unemployment rates despite their record-high robot adoption in the workplace. Technological advancement does increase demand for work because in some cases, it makes human skills such as discernment, adaptability and sympathy indispensable.

Could we expect to see this trend reflected in other developed countries? How could we support policy makers globally to shape local policies that meet the needs of workers and employers as automation accelerates? These are questions we will be exploring in our new project with the OECD, Impacts of AI in the Canadian Workplace.

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How could we support policy makers globally to shape local policies that meet the needs of workers and employers as automation accelerates?

Get involved in our research.

We are looking for firms in the manufacturing and finance sectors that integrate AI technologies into their core business activities. We want to learn about how the technology was introduced in your company, and how it has affected AI team leads, developers, human resource teams, managers, and more. We encourage your firm to participate if:

  1. Your AI technologies are core to manufacturing or finance rather than used for marketing, recruitment, or other purposes.
  2. Those AI technologies are already implemented.

How will participation benefit your firm? 

As part of a global OECD project, this research will address national and international policymakers via research publication, media coverage, and stakeholder outreach and events across the Brookfield Institute’s channels. Participating firms will be invited to OECD’s launch event and to contribute to its 2022 report. Those who participate will have the opportunity to share their vision of the future of AI and AI policy in the workplace.

Contact us for more details.

Volunteer your firm to take part in our interview process or recommend a firm by contacting project lead Kimberly Bowman (kimberlybowman@ryerson.ca).

For media enquiries, please contact Lianne George, Director of Strategic Communications at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.