“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” -Steve Jobs

In today’s dynamic business world, technology stands out as a transformative force, dramatically reshaping our workplaces. From AI-driven recruitment to remote work enablers, these innovations do more than change work methods—they fundamentally alter how companies view their most significant investment: their people.

We’ve moved past the outdated notion of referring to employees as “assets.” The Great Resignation and quiet quitting phenomena starkly remind us that people aren’t possessions; they’re individuals with agency who choose where to invest their talents. Instead, we recognize our workforce as our largest and most precious investment.

To maximize the return on this people investment, companies must carefully align three critical elements:
1. Human-centered values and timeless principles (our true north)
2. Business strategy
3. People strategy

This alignment not only enhances productivity, but also fosters a culture where employees feel valued, engaged, and committed—a win-win that benefits both the individual and the organization. In this enlightening podcast episode, our expert panel delves into the multifaceted impact of technology on people strategies, offering insights that are both profound and timely.

In this era of rapid technological change, every organization must react. However, as leaders, we have a choice—to merely respond or to lead. We choose the latter. True leadership in this digital age means more than just adopting the latest tools; it requires us to harness these innovations thoughtfully, always ensuring that our highest, human-centric values remain our guiding light.

As we navigate this tech-driven transformation, our panel explores how to strike the right balance. How can we leverage AI, automation, and digital platforms to enhance efficiency and productivity without losing sight of empathy, creativity, and personal growth? In this discussion, we’ll uncover strategies for not just adapting to change, but spearheading it—all while keeping our people, their well-being, and their aspirations at the heart of every decision.

Our panelists share real-world examples, best practices, and even cautionary tales. They discuss success stories where technology has enhanced employee satisfaction and productivity. But they also don’t shy away from challenges, like the risk of over-relying on algorithms or the potential for technology to depersonalize human interactions.

Highlights (Why You Should Listen):
– Discover how AI is revolutionizing recruitment, making it faster and fairer.
– Learn about tech tools that are redefining employee engagement in remote settings.
– Explore how data analytics can personalize career development paths.
– Understand the role of technology in fostering a more inclusive workplace.
– Get insights on balancing technology efficiency with the human touch in HR.
– Importance of keeping true north (values) front and center.

Let’s remember, a conversation is not an event – it’s a continuous dialogue. Each of the topics we will visit in the upcoming months is impacted by technology. We will continue to revisit this topic because the topic surely will continue to visit us!

We thank our panel, Manal Keen, George Logothetis, and Jason Barth for THIS dynamic conversation sharing their passion, insight, and practical strategies. We are hopeful you will enjoy and benefit from this conversation as much as we have.

This episode is just the beginning of our journey into the intersection of technology and people strategy. Stay tuned and as always, we welcome your voice in the dialogue.

Adrienne & Tom

To connect with our panelists on LinkedIn:

Manal Keen, CEO

Jason Barth, Head of HR and Development
Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology

George Logothetis, Partner & Former CIO, Business and Technology Transformation
Ernst & Young