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30% of Canadian employers cite security risk as their greatest concern when it comes to AI use in the workplace.

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Although AI has been a topic that is top of mind for many globally, there is still so much uncertainty and concern surrounding the use of AI.

67% of Canadian employers have not yet incorporated AI into the workplace and have cited security risk as one of their greatest concerns.

Increased margin impacting the team’s work quality and/or productivity, and staff morale is also ranked high on the list of concerns employers have.

This data was collected in a recent survey from Peninsula Group which surveyed 79,000 businesses across five countries - Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK to look at the opportunities and concerns employers have around the use of AI in the workplace. 

Click here to download the full data set. (Link to PDF)

Businesses that have incorporated AI into the workplace have stated that they believe AI has the power to positively transform many workplaces. Businesses that have already incorporated AI into their workplace have used it for administrative tasks, creative writing, and drafting internal communications. This helps save time, allowing employees to focus on other tasks.

However, with so many advantages of AI, there are still significant concerns that need to be addressed before there is widespread implementation across global businesses.

But what can employers do to smooth over the adoption of AI in the workplace and help mitigate the security risks?

It’s important for employers to establish clear policies and guidelines regarding the use of AI in the workplace. Include provisions in employee confidentiality agreements, explicitly prohibiting the disclosure of confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information.

Secondly, since this is a new concept, it's important to provide training for all employees on the proper use of AI and its limitations. This will help employers understand the importance of safeguarding valuable company information. Employers can also provide resources for employees.

It’ll also be helpful for employees to understand the role AI will play in the workplace. Although it’s not black and white, giving a general idea of where AI can and can’t be used will help paint a clear picture of what employees should expect.

Additionally, many seem to think that AI will overtake human workers, but that is not necessarily the case.  Employers should make it clear to their staff that AI can be a great tool when used alongside people rather than in place of them.

Do you have questions about developing an AI-specific workplace policy?

Our HR advisors can help you tailor a company policy on AI use in the workplace, and support you with any other HR, workplace health & safety, or employment matters that may arise. To learn more about how our services can benefit your business, call an expert today at 1 (833) 247-3652.

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