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2023: Year of the Employee? Or Year of the Robot?

As a new year begins, new trends are emerging in the world of people performance management. But before we dive into what’s to come, let’s take a quick look back at what’s been happening.

Most organizations are now focused on motivating their people

In recent years, we’ve seen a shift towards more employee-focused performance management practices. Goodbye, annual review hell, and hello, ongoing 360-degree feedback and coaching. Companies realize the key to success is keeping their employees happy and motivated. 

With employers wanting their people to maintain their tip-top condition, 74% of U.S. companies are now using or planning to implement a permanent hybrid work model. This is because 55% of employees want to work at least three days a week remotely.

Managers now understand that people can be at their most productive state if they’re enjoying their work—even if that means they’re going to work at home or even on the beach. Who cares? For most leaders, all that matters is people perform at their best, and they deliver nothing less than exceptional.

But hold on, before you start thinking that 2023 will be all rainbows and unicorns, let’s talk about the dark horse in the race: automation.

Automation Taking Over People’s Jobs in Performance Management

Automation is slowly but surely making its way into the world of people performance management. To ensure that people deliver top-notch projects, most managers encourage their teams to use AI tools. In fact, four years ago, an Oxford University study predicted 47% of jobs could be automated by 2033.

But before you start panicking about robots taking over your job, let’s look at the bright side.

Automation can take care of tedious and time-consuming tasks, allowing managers to focus on the more important and human aspects of performance management.

But what does this mean for the employee? Will robots be the new managers? Will they be giving feedback and setting goals? Not quite. Robots may be able to take care of the data crunching and analysis, but they can’t replace the human touch. After all, selling is all about serving people.

So, what can we expect in 2023? A balance between technology and humanity. Companies will continue to focus on employee satisfaction and motivation, but they will also use technology to make the process more efficient and effective.

Technology will be your team’s accountability partner in People Management

Enough about the future, let’s talk about the present. If you’re an employee, don’t worry about robots taking your job. Instead, focus on being the best version of yourself. And if you’re a manager, remember that technology is there to help you, not replace you. Use it to your advantage, and don’t forget the human touch.

For instance, there are business solutions that will be your people’s accountability partner in ensuring that they meet all their goals in your organization.

Look at The Sales Machine. It is an all-in-one business success platform that does not only drive sales and marketing results. This solution also boosts your team’s performance through valuable insights into their KPIs, missed opportunities, and growth opportunities. 

Learn more about The Sales Machine platform and how it is a perfect balance of automation and human professional touch in your business. Visit us at www.thesalesmachine.com to get started, or book a FREE demo here.