As governments lift “shelter-at-home” orders, employers face difficult decisions relating to the fundamental concern of keeping their employees safe. This calculus will involve evaluation of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to limit occupational exposure to COVID-19. Use of AI, in combination with other measures, could speed the safe return of employees to the workforce.

Of course, willingness to share health data will impact AI’s effectiveness. The public’s tolerance for sharing personal data for the greater good may be heightened in the short term as we continue developing harm-reduction technologies to battle and fight spread of the virus, but a long-term view of employee privacy will be imperative for continued successful integration of AI in the workplace.

Emerging New Technologies Help Employers Safely Return Employees to Work

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