DBusiness Daily Update: Study: Employers Have Questions About Adopting AI in Human Resources, and More

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Roughly half (52 percent) do not use AI or have plans to implement AI-based products in human resources in the next year, according to an ASE survey. // Stock photo

Study: Employers Have Questions About Adopting AI in Human Resources

Only a quarter of Michigan employers are currently using or planning to implement AI in human resources due to “significant” concerns about reliability, data privacy, and bias, according to the results of a survey from Troy-based employer association ASE.

“The use of AI is still in the beginning stages for its uses around the employee lifecycle, but it is no doubt on the rise,” says Mary E. Corrado, president and CEO of ASE. “When used properly it can create great efficiencies in work with a profound impact on productivity.”

The highlights of the survey of 180 organizations include:

  • Only about a quarter (24 percent) currently use AI in HR or have plans to implement AI-based products in the next year.
  • Roughly half (52 percent) do not use AI or have plans to implement AI-based products in the next year, and the other 24 percent are unsure.
  • Companies with 100-500 employees were found to be using AI the most, with 43 percent of them responding that they either currently use it or have plans to implement it. Alternatively, companies with fewer than 100 employees were found to be using AI the least, with only 8 percent using it or planning on it within the next year.
  • The most popular areas that organizations are currently using in AI are recruitment and talent acquisition (47 percent), training and development (23 percent), performance management (14 percent), and predictive analytics for HR (e.g., turnover analysis) (14 percent).
  • The most popular areas that organizations have plans to implement in AI include predictive analytics for HR (e.g., turnover analysis) (44 percent), training and development (33 percent), recruitment and talent acquisition (26 percent), employee onboarding (26 percent), and compensation management (26 percent).

Survey results also show there are “significant” concerns about the usage of AI. Among all company sizes, the most common concerns are reliability and accuracy (63 percent), data privacy and security (61 percent), bias and fairness (52 percent), trust and acceptance of non-HR Staff (36 percent), cost to implement (34 percent), and transparency and explainability (34 percent).

For those companies either currently using AI or planning to, the majority either do not have a team dedicated to AI implementation, training, and monitoring (39 percent) or are unsure (38 percent).

The full report can be downloaded here.

Eaton in Southfield Introduces Higher-power Fuses for Electrified Commercial Vehicles

Southfield-based Eaton now is offering a portfolio of fuses for commercial electrified vehicles, called the Eaton Bussmann series, which can handle up to 1,400 amps and 900 volts and can be tailored to customer specifications.

Eaton says it can increase current capability by either design modifications or paralleling multiple fuses. The fuses will be on display in Eaton’s booth at the largest advanced commercial vehicle technology show, ACT Expo, this week in Las Vegas.

“We have adapted our fuses to be the ideal solution for electrified commercial vehicles, which require greater power than passenger EVs,” says Kimberley Wakelin, engineering manager for protection EV at Eaton. “Electrified vehicles are propelled by electric motors, which are cyclic and need to perform in harsh environments. This means the fuses must be able to handle such conditions and the vehicle’s vibrations. Our innovative Bussmann series fuses solve that challenge, keeping up with harshness and vibration levels.”

Eaton used it years of experience in vehicle systems and dynamics and its expertise in electrical systems to develop fuses that can be adapted to customer specifications in the growing electrified commercial vehicle space.

Eaton’s global testing capabilities give it the ability to conduct most tests in-house rather than having to outsource testing. “We have the capability to do even the most difficult testing, including environmental, thermal shock chamber and vibration rig tests,” Wakelin says.

H.B. Fuller in Minnesota Acquires Clawson’s ND Industries Inc.

H.B. Fuller Co., a Minnesota-based pureplay adhesives company, has acquired Clawson’s ND Industries Inc., a provider of specialty adhesives and fastener locking and sealing solutions serving customers in the automotive, electronics, aerospace, and other industries.

As part of the acquisition, products under ND Industries’ Vibra-Tite brand will be added to H.B. Fuller’s existing epoxy, cyanoacrylate, UV curable, and anaerobic product range.

“ND Industries has been a very profitable, family-owned business for several decades and has impressively built one of the most extensive product portfolios in the pre-applied fastener industry,” says Celeste Mastin, president and CEO of H.B. Fuller. “Their products are a natural fit with our existing market segments and bring new technology to our portfolio — combining the benefits of an adhesive and a mechanical fastener within extremely demanding applications — resulting in a powerful advantage for our customers.”

ND Industries specializes in formulating and manufacturing a wide variety of materials applied on fasteners and assemblies to aid in critical functions such as locking, sealing, masking, lubricating, and noise and vibration dampening. The company also has a network of processing centers providing in-house engineered coating application services to help increase the safety and reliability of fastener assemblies, and a world-leading line of small pack technologies for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO). The combination of innovative adhesives, custom equipment, and pre-applied processing centers expands H.B. Fuller’s already extensive adhesive application expertise.

Headquartered in Clawson, ND Industries serves a global market with facilities in the United States and Asia, and pre-applied coating partners around the world. The business, which includes five U.S. locations and 300 employees, will operate within H.B. Fuller’s existing engineering adhesives global business unit.

Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies Gets $638K Grant

A $638,283 grant was awarded to Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies for the initiative, AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program (AMUS).

The grant was provided by the Gordie Howe International Bridge to promote community safety and wellness in the Delray Southwest area. The program will be delivered through 13 Detroit Youth Service Corps (DYSC) members from the Delray Southwest area and full-time staff will help increase public health and safety by focusing on providing residents with prevention activities and interventions.

“The goal of the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program is to engage youth — our Detroit Youth Service Corps — in outreach to neighborhood residents and local businesses to identify local public safety needs and implement events and activities to meet those needs,” says Ramona Washington, program director for AMUS. “The program helps to build youth skills and capacity for civic engagement, community service and problem-solving and prepares them to participate in our next generation of community leaders. The program service of our youth members helps to ensure that public safety is enhanced by sustainable, effective, community-driven solutions.”

Using the Detroit Police Department Part I Violent and Property Crime Reports to identify and understand the areas of crime “hotspots” and times of occurrence, this program will mobilize member/resident bike watch rides in hotspots.

To reduce the vulnerability of residents’ cars, AMUS members will provide 250 VIN etchings, 250 twin-hooks anti-theft auto clubs, and 250 wheel-locks to residents in areas where theft and larceny are a concern. Along business corridors, members will raise awareness about public safety issues and remedial actions by facilitating a business watch survey to engage the interest of businesses in participating a business watch group.

In addition to these service activities, the DYSC members will attend 30 college and work readiness/development learning seminars designed to build skills for success in post-secondary education and/or employment. Seminar topics will include administrative aspects of college entry, college learning skills, and academic preparation for various career fields. DYSC members will participate in 10 panel discussions with Detroiters who have achieved success in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Seminar topics will also include resources for networking and resume building. Additionally, members will participate in four college tours to learn more about skilled trade schools, community colleges, and universities.

Motown Mile Outdoor Walkable Art Installation Returns to Detroit Riverwalk

Motown Museum has announced the return of its Motown Mile outdoor, walkable art installation along the Detroit Riverwalk in partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

The third edition of the Motown Mile series, titled “Pushin’ Culture Forward,” has been created in honor of the 65th anniversary of the iconic record company, which has been a creative and cultural force for more than six decades.

The free exhibit’s eight installations show how various artists working in different music genres have drawn inspiration, samples, covers, and interpolations from the Motown Sound. As visitors walk along the Detroit Riverwalk and engage with the installation, they can follow along with the story and scan QR codes to look and listen to mashups of vintage and new Motown sound. Visitors are expected to walk away with a fresh perspective and deepen their understanding of Motown and popular music.

Guests must bring a headset or earbuds to enjoy the installation.

Comerica Park to Host 43rd Annual Capuchin Souper Celebration June 1 

The 43rd Annual Capuchin Souper Summer Celebration, presented by Ahee Jewelers, is taking place at 7 p.m. June 1 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.

The 21-and-older event will include live entertainment by Your Generation in Concert and fireworks display at dusk. A highlight of the evening is the raffle featuring more than $30,000 of jewelry from luxury brands such as Cartier, Roberto Coin, David Yurman, and more from Ahee Jewelers, and many other prizes and experiences.

In addition, baseball fans also will have the opportunity to experience Comerica Park’s exclusive Tiger Club and visit with Detroit Tigers’ mascot Paws. Food and beverages are available for purchase throughout Comerica Park. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Those who cannot attend still can purchase $5 raffle tickets by calling 313-886-4600.