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AI Won't Take Your Job, But It Might Erode Your Salary

Understand and anticipate how AI will impact skill premiums in organizations

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🌟 AI Will Impact How People Get Paid to Do Work

Are you losing sleep over the coming AI apocalypse? Worried that robots will soon replace your entire workforce? Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief – AI probably won't take your job.

But here's the kicker: it might take a big bite out of your salary. 😬

Let that sink in for a moment. How does it make you feel? The real question isn't whether machines will replace humans. That's just a distraction from the heart of the matter. What we should be asking is: once humans are augmented by machines, will they still be able to command a premium for their skills? Which skills will maintain their value, and which ones will become as commonplace as knowing how to use a smartphone?

Let's explore why mastering GenAI isn't just a nice-to-have skill – it's becoming essential for HR professionals like you.

HR Professionals Need to Understand GenAI

As an HR professional, you are at the forefront of this seismic shift. You have the responsibility to guide your organization through these choppy waters. But to do that effectively, you need to understand the nuances of how AI is reshaping the workplace. 

Skill Premium Erosion 📉

Remember when being a cabbie in London was a prestigious job? Their knowledge – that encyclopedic recall of London's labyrinthine streets – was a skill that commanded respect and a hefty paycheck. Then came GPS and ride-sharing apps. Suddenly, anyone with a smartphone could navigate like a pro.

Now, imagine this happening across knowledge-based professions. AI is doing to white-collar jobs what GPS did to cabbies. It's not replacing workers outright, but it's eroding the premium they can charge for their specialized knowledge. As an HR professional, how will you help your workforce adapt to this new reality? How will you redefine value when AI can perform many tasks at a fraction of the cost?

The Augmentation Paradox 🔄

Here's a mind-bender for you: AI augmentation might actually make high-skilled workers more replaceable. Studies have shown that when lower-skilled workers use AI, their performance improves dramatically, often closing the gap with their more skilled colleagues. What does this mean for your talent management strategies? How will you identify and nurture talent when AI can level the playing field so dramatically?

Continuous Learning in the Age of AI 🧠

AI doesn't just learn – it learns how to learn. It's constantly absorbing new information, refining its skills, and expanding its capabilities. This puts enormous pressure on human workers to keep up. How will you foster a culture of continuous learning in your organization? What strategies will you employ to ensure your workforce remains relevant and valuable in an AI-augmented world?

What we should be asking is: once humans are augmented by machines, will they still be able to command a premium for their skills?


  1. AI won't replace jobs wholesale, but it will reshape the value of skills across industries.

  2. HR professionals must understand and anticipate how AI will impact skill premiums in their organizations.

  3. Mastering the art of prompting is important to effectively leverage AI in HR functions.

As you ponder these questions, remember that the key to harnessing AI's power lies in how you interact with it. Crafting effective prompts is an art and a science – one that can dramatically enhance the quality and relevance of AI-generated outputs.

Perpeta Paul Pointer:

Are you confident in your ability to guide AI towards producing truly valuable insights? Or do you find yourself struggling to get beyond surface-level responses? 

Visit the Resources page on perpeta.com and download your copy of Your AI Roadmap - Volume 1: GenAI Basics.

It is a 26-page primer on how to get started with GenAI and continue learning how to incorporate snippets, profiles, and templates into your prompts.

📄 Prompt of the Week

Here's a sample prompt that an HR professional can use with GenAI to analyze jobs in their organization and determine which ones are likely to be impacted by AI:

As an AI expert specializing in workforce analysis, I need your help to evaluate the potential impact of AI on jobs in our organization. Please analyze the job descriptions I'll provide and assess the likelihood of AI replacing or significantly altering each role.

Consider the following factors in your analysis:

1. The level of routine and repetitive tasks involved

2. The degree of complex decision-making required

3. The need for human interaction and emotional intelligence

4. The reliance on data processing and analysis

5. The potential for AI to augment rather than replace the role

For each job, provide a score from 1-10 (1 being least likely, 10 being most likely) indicating the probability of AI impact. Also, offer a brief explanation for your rating.

Additionally, suggest potential ways the role could evolve to remain relevant in an AI-enhanced workplace. What new skills or responsibilities might be added to future-proof this position?

Lastly, recommend strategies for upskilling or reskilling employees in these roles to adapt to AI integration.

Job Descriptions: [Insert 3-5 job descriptions from your organization here, including job title, key responsibilities, and required skills]

Please present your analysis in a clear, structured format with separate sections for each job. Include a summary at the end highlighting overall trends and recommendations for our HR strategy moving forward.

Replace the items in the [ and ] brackets to meet your specific needs.

Use this prompt to learn and determine how GenAI will best fit into your organization. 🏆

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📱 Other AI News

Here is a roundup of other AI news we found interesting and relevant. Click on the heading to read the full article.

These roller skate-like shoes (which strap on to your existing footwear) supposedly let people walk at the speed of a run. 🏃🏼

Until next time, keep managing and developing people, one AI prompt at a time! 💎


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