Algorithms may increasingly help in making layoff decisions

The Washington Post (02/20/2023)
  • A recent survey of 300 HR leaders across US companies revealed that 98% of them plan on using software algorithms to assist with layoff decisions.
  • The same AI software that companies use to scan resumes for ideal candidates can also assess current employees.
  • While the software primarily analyzes performance reviews, it also rates employees by “flight-risk,” or likelihood of quitting.
  • Critics complain that HR software can give higher flight-risk ratings while ignoring drivers behind resignations (eg workplace discrimination) that are unrelated to performance.