Amazon's failure with a recruiting tool based on artificial intelligence could have been because of incorrect business purposes, insufficient data sets or choices made in target and cost function, data scientist Julien Lauret writes. "It's possible -- in fact common -- to fail an AI project even with mature technology and great scientific/engineering teams," Lauret writes.
Talespin has developed a virtual employee named Barry, who managers can practice firing in a virtual reality setup. Barry will react differently to being fired, depending on how the manager handles the scenario.
There's a better way to generate analytics from data than traditional transactional systems, writes Caitlin Bigsby, and to do so in a secure, methodical way. She describes what's needed for data integration and storage, data models and metadata management, among other considerations.
Provide employees with self-directed learning options that are aligned with the objectives of the organization, Elizabeth Loutfi writes. The trick is to give employees freedom while helping them see what skills they need to learn more about.
The increased threat of natural disasters has more organizations reviewing their disaster-management plans to ensure they can respond properly when an event occurs. Heather Deyrieux, manager of workforce planning for the Sarasota County government in Florida, says these plans should include assignments for every department -- such as IT teams securing systems -- and that these tasks should be included in job descriptions.
Companies can better manage marketplace disruption by working to understand employees, writes Sherrie Haynie of The Myers-Briggs Company. She discusses the characteristics of agile teams and describes where there's room to further improve organizational culture.
It's best to tell your superior you're planning to leave in person and assist with the transition by communicating the specifics of your responsibilities, writes Gary Burnison. Limit farewell messages to your closest colleagues and boss, keeping them positive and appreciative.
Regain control of your anger by shifting its energy into physical exercise, writes certified life coach Heather Lowe. As anger often masks a feeling of helplessness, re-empower yourself by remembering you control your reaction to the provoking circumstances.
Companies need to do more for employees than just meet basic needs, says Jo Davis, HR director at Mitie. "A top employer gives choice and flexibility to enable employees to choose where they work, when they work, how they work, and how they take their rewards: both in the short and long term," Davis says.