With work from anywhere model in place for most employees, organisations are witnessing an increased interest in artificial intelligence (AI) powered conversational chatbots, according to a report by PeopleStrong, an HR tech firm.
While these chatbots were primarily used for automating interactions with customers and partners, this year, they have been used to automate employee help desks as well, the report stated which collected data from over 1 million employee-chatbot interactions spread across over 15 industries in 2020. With leave, attendance, payroll, and employment details setting the bar with higher volumes, there has been a tactical shift in employees’ interest towards newer AI-chatbot offerings like health and well-being, conversation enabled meetings, performance, remote knowledge repository access.
As per the latest report by PeopleStrong Alt HR Tech Insights, with a 100% uptick witnessed in health and performance-related queries, employees are trusting AI chatbots to guide them. As employees continued to work remotely, industries with distributed workforce came out as the most active users of conversational AI chatbots with BFSI, retail, pharma, and IT industries witnessing an increase in the range of 30-40% for HR centric queries after the nation-wide lockdown, the report states.
The month of April saw a massive jump in total employee questions reflecting an increasing reliance on technology to get answers adjusting to the new normal. Entry-level employees accounted for almost 50% of overall queries searching answers for fundamentals topics regarding policy amendments in leaves, payroll, and attendance management. While the senior management queries focused on employee performance, accessing documents for sales presentations, reports, and initiating automated zoom or MS teams meetings.
“We are now witnessing a higher focus on leveraging technology as an enabler for employee interactions. Also, employees across all industries are getting familiar with conversational AI-chatbots which provide personalised inputs, quick turnarounds, and access to the entire HR functions at their fingertips. We can picture AI-chatbot to become one of the core features of an HR Platform in a post-pandemic world,â said Vipul Mathur, VP Sales, PeopleStrong.
The report also highlighted how India Inc has conversed with Jinie (PeopleStrongâs AI-powered conversational chatbot) before, amidst, and after the lockdowns due to COVID-19.