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  • Annual SHRM Conference 2019

  • While in #SHRM19, Las Vegas, which had "Creating better workplaces" as its theme, one thing that caught our eyes is the technology applied to the challenges of HR - in particular, talent management and performance.

    The technology market is increasingly impacted by artificial intelligence, which is translated into numerous possibilities for new solutions to old problems related to people management.

    Among those solutions, more specifically related to Performance Management, the one that caught our attention during SHRM 2019 was AI coach - or virtual assistants. Several types and sizes of virtual assistants were presented at the event.

    Some highlights: legal assistant to prevent your feedback or other texts from having content that might be considered inappropriate in different aspects such as sexism, homophobia, among others; virtual assistant focused on the analysis of feelings destined to reports and graphs; and even assistants who help managers improve team management.

    Other news that we find in #SHRM 19 was the *nudge concept applied directly to technological tools.

    ”A nudge is any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives. To count as a mere nudge, the intervention must be easy and cheap to avoid. Nudges are not mandates. Putting the fruit at eye level counts as a nudge. Banning junk food does not.”[*]

    These mechanisms help the manager in giving that extra stimulus for both positive and negative cases of employee performance; as well as interesting implementations of check-ins and conversations.

    Which of these new features do you think is relevant to helping you create a better working environment? We at Umanni already have some guesses and we would like you to help us build this future! Schedule a demo and find out how!

    [*]Source: NUDGE - Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. 2008 by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein