China is moving swiftly toward algorithmic governance. Among other things, this means that faces of jay walkers and people who are late in their payments are projected on billboard-sized screens, for everyone to see.
If this causes you to cringe, pay attention because corporate America is not far behind. Take a look at Yva, for example. The tag line for this HR tool is “Reading employees’ minds is hard. But not impossible. Thanks to AI.”
When a company uses this AI tool, it hands over access to all employee email and other electronic communication. Yva analyzes millions of data points in order to: detect and predict interpersonal conflicts; alert the manager if a one-on-one meeting must take place; create resignation probability charts; alert each employee about how to improve his or her performance; and the list goes on.
I agree with Yva’s statement “There is nothing more valuable than trust between employees and management in a company,” but can only imagine that utilizing Yva brings about the opposite.
When it comes to creating and sustaining a positive work culture, old-fashioned human-to-human team building activities never looked so good.