Highly Positive, Resilient Employees Less Afraid of AI, Unthreatened About Job Security – DC Velocity

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The implications of Generative AI technology on employees are greatly dependent on their problem-solving skills and how resilient and positive they are, according to the new meQuilibrium (meQ) Workforce Well-being study of 5,989 employed adults released today. A quarter of employees (25.3%) with low positivity are concerned that AI threatens their job security, compared to 16% of workers with high positivity. Strong problem-solving skills make employees 66% more likely to experience productivity gains from Gen AI, and nearly half as likely (49% less) to worry about their job security being undermined.

“Fundamental traits such as positivity, problem solving, and resilience confer significant advantages when it comes to navigating the transformative impact of Gen AI,” said Brad Smith, PhD, Chief Science Officer, meQuilibrium. “While some employees are raising concerns about job displacement due to AI, positive employees and those who possess problem solving skills are better able to adapt to AI in the workplace, take advantage of its capabilities, and are less concerned about job security.”

The Importance of Resilience

There are also stark differences between highly resilient and low resilience employees. Highly resilient employees feel less threatened by Gen AI and more likely to make productive use of the tools, the study found. Resilient workers are 35% more likely to report that Gen AI tools help them be more productive in their day-to-day work. In addition, resilient employees are half as likely than low resilience employees to express fears that AI systems pose a threat to their job security (13% vs 26%).

“This disparity highlights the importance of cultivating resilience among the workforce as organizations continue to integrate and leverage the capabilities of generative AI,” Dr. Smith said. “Employees who are better equipped to adapt to change and embrace new technologies are better positioned to harness the productivity-enhancing potential of these tools, and more confident in their ability to navigate the evolving job market.”

The meQ study also found:

• Nearly one-third (31%) of companes have explicit guidance on the appropriate use of Gen AI, yet just 9.3% of employees overall say their managers are providing practical support on how to effectively leverage these technologies.

• Only 5.1% of health services industry employees have been provided with guidance for using Gen AI tools at work, compared to 56.5% of technology industry employees.

• Overall, 18% of employees are feeling their job security is threatened by AI tools. Managers are 68% more comfortable than individual contributors in feeling that their positions are safe from the threat of replacement by Gen AI.

More about the study can be found here.

Methodology: Approximately 5,989 employed adults participated in meQuilibrium’s February 2024 study, which examined the impact of AI on workers and managers.

About meQ

meQ, the world’s leading workforce resilience expert, identifies, addresses, and measures the root cause of risks to workforce performance, engagement, and well-being. sparQTM is meQ’s pioneering, proprietary Generative AI technology which enhances the ability to identify and address root causes of key workforce engagement, performance, and well-being risks. Our data analytics-based approach uses AI to predict workforce risk and to personalize solutions for each employee and team at global scale. meQ’s mission is to make any workforce a workforce for growth. The meQ solution is available in 14 languages and serves global enterprises in 130 countries. Learn more at https://www.meQuilibrium.com.


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