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IBM to Stop Hiring for Jobs Replaceable by AI

HR roles marked for automation

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​IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said the company expects to pause hiring for roles that could be replaced by artificial intelligence in the coming years, marking one of the most disruptive workplace responses to the rapidly advancing technology.

We've rounded up articles from SHRM Online and other outlets to provide more context on the news.

HR on the Chopping Block?

Krishna said hiring in back-office functions such as human resources will be suspended or slowed, with more routine HR functions slated for automation. He said about 30 percent of noncustomer-facing roles—or about 7,800 jobs—could easily be replaced by AI and automation over the next five years. IBM currently employs about 260,000 workers.


ChatGPT and HR: A Primer for HR Professionals

It seems like not a day goes by without ChatGPT appearing in a news headline. From fears of it replacing workers to raves about its productivity benefits, the generative artificial intelligence tool may be the biggest technological advancement since the invention of the personal computer several decades ago.

(SHRM Online)

How to Manage Generative AI in the Workplace

It's HR's job to be ready for anything, but the newness of generative AI combined with the dizzying hype and potential legal ramifications can make it feel particularly intimidating to address. There are still so many unknowns, yet workers need guidance now along with reassurance that their skills—and jobs—still matter. Company leaders must plow ahead doing what they always do: the best they can.

(SHRM Online)

SHRM Research: AI Use on the Rise, Ethics Questions Remain

Most talent acquisition professionals who use artificial intelligence and automation technology say it improves time-to-fill, but they still have some uncertainty about whether the tools protect against bias.

(SHRM Online)

Regulations on AI Are Coming

As organizations increasingly adopt AI tools, especially in their talent management and recruitment efforts, there has been more discussion among business leaders about how to make sure they use AI responsibly. Soon, they may have to walk the talk. A growing wave of regulations could force organizations developing and using AI to implement responsible-use policies.

(SHRM Online)


​An organization run by AI is not a futuristic concept. Such technology is already a part of many workplaces and will continue to shape the labor market and HR. Here's how employers and employees can successfully manage generative AI and other AI-powered systems.