What’s going on:
Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining popularity among business leaders and employees as companies seek to streamline processes, increase productivity, and manage increasing volumes of data, according to Spiceworks. As of March, the share of U.S. job postings on LinkedIn mentioning ChatGPT were up 79% year-over-year.
The data comes from a global survey conducted by Microsoft to study productivity signals and labor trends, revealing insights for businesses planning to adopt AI quickly and responsibly. 82% of leaders in the survey stated that their employees will need new skills to be prepared for the growth of AI.
Why it matters:
The Microsoft study states how the adoption of AI in the workplace has the potential to free employees from tasks that take up a lot of time and energy. However, researchers state that this requires a new way of working and developing critical skills to fully benefit from the use of generative AI tools.
As AI becomes more widespread in the workforce, employees will likely need to develop analytical judgment, critical thinking, originality, creativity, and complex problem-solving skills, according to Microsoft.
How it’ll impact the future:
The ability to utilize generative AI will likely be a critical skill for employees to learn in the coming years. The workforce will also likely see a shift in roles and functions of employees as AI becomes more integrated into daily tasks. Employees will need to adapt to working alongside AI as a copilot, requiring new skills and learning paths, according to the research.