Monday, October 12, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, Fortune introduced us to a new HR tech product called Perception.  According to Fortune, Perception creator Kanjoya claims that the program can interpret the “intent and emotions” behind written text and filter out unconscious bias.  As an example of Perception’s “powerful functions,” Kanjoya’s chief data scientist describes the software’s ability to recognize that “…when a supervisor repeatedly used the word ‘good’…to describe an employee, that should actually be interpreted as a negative, not positive, signal.” We expect this will come as quite a surprise to some supervisors.  Perception can apparently also sort a company’s data by gender and ethnicity, although it’s not clear how either characteristic will be determined.  As we have cautioned in prior posts, employers should adopt new HR tech with care.
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