Category: Ethics and Privacy

Ethics and privacy are critical areas of business and HR. Today companies have to be vigilant about bias (pay, hiring, promotion, fair treatment), data privacy (personal and work data), security (data protection and encryption), and privacy (keeping personal data secure and anonymous). Topics like transparency and “explainable AI” fall into this area.

Let’s Stop Talking About Soft Skills: They’re PowerSkills

One of the hottest topics in business today is upskilling, reskilling, and redefining jobs for the future of work. It’s so rampant that 34% of CEOs now rate it one of their “top three threats to growth.”

It’s a big and complex topic, and one that I often feel is out of control. Companies ... Read more»

HR Technology 2020: Disruption Ahead

It’s Fall again and I’m finishing up my biggest-ever report on HR Technology:  The HR Tech 2020 Disruptions Study.

hr technology disruptions bersinThis comprehensive study is done in partnership with LRP, the producers of the HR Technology Conference, so you can get your hands on it in one of two ways. 

  • First, you can sign up
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ceo, citizenship

The Business Roundtable Manifesto: What Should CEOs Do?

Last week there was a lot of press about the Business Roundtable’s new manifesto, proclaiming that business’s role is to help all of society, not just shareholders. While it reads well, it’s no different from the book Conscious Capitalism, Liberating The Heroic Spirit of Business, written in 2013.

But that aside, this is ... Read more»

People Analytics and AI in the Workplace: Four Dimensions of Trust

AI and People Analytics have taken off. As I’ve written about in the past, the workplace has become a highly instrumented place. Companies use surveys and feedback tools to get our opinions, new tools monitor emails and our network of communications (ONA), we capture data on travel, location, and mobility, and organizations now have ... Read more»

Corporate Citizenship Redefined: Trust, Inclusion, and Responsibility

We live in a strange time. 46% of citizens around the world believe the system is failing, fewer than 50% trust their government, and income inequality continues to grow. In California, where I live, almost 2/3 of citizens believe the technology industry is secretive and more than 60% believe these firms are draining local ... Read more»

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: It’s Trickier Than You Think

Recently I had the opportunity to join the O’Reilly Foo Camp, where around 150 leading technologists, academics, economists, and business innovators come to talk about the future of technology. It was an inspiring and energizing few days, and one where almost every session seem to revolve around the ethics, responsibility, and potentially dangerous role ... Read more»