CEO: AI and remote work may require 30 to 50 times more production

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There are clearly two trends touching on employee productivity on the mind of at least one CEO. First, telecommuting has made it easier for more employees to covertly take multiple full-time jobs, or be “out of work.” Second, AI tools like ChatGPT and GPT-4 can greatly boost how much workers can get done in a day, adding to a previous fear: perhaps remote workers will use them to perform multiple jobs, or simply save time that a company might spend on the job. Benefit.

in video address To employees who have been leaking information online, James Clark, CEO of Clearlink, a Utah-based digital marketing company, explained why he feels workers should return to the office. Among his comments:

“Some of our developers may work for two different companies. We don’t know. We hope not, but we don’t. Many content writers today use AI exclusively for writing. I can do it in about 30 minutes out of an eight-hour workday. So What should we do? Let’s put in 30 to 50 times our normal production.”

He may have a point. Ethan Mullick, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, recently conducted an experiment to see what AI tools can achieve when given a business project and 30 minutes. He called the results “incredible”, adding that it would have taken a team and “maybe days of work” to achieve the same.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Clark Send a note It states that employees who live within 50 miles of the company’s new headquarters near Salt Lake City must begin working in the office four days a week, starting April 17.

In the video, Clark commends an employee for getting rid of her pet to meet a mandate inside the office. He also noted that many of the company’s remote workers were “not working hard at all,” claiming that some of them “quietly quit but took a paycheck.”

Clark is not alone in issuing a mandate to return to the office or adopting a tougher tone with workers.

Andy Owen, CEO of MillerKnoll, woke up to an onslaught of backlash this week after an outburst in which it told anxious employees about rewards for “leaving Pity City” was recorded and shared online.

And, of course, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Twitter, told employees last July that “remote work is no longer acceptable” and remote workers should “pretend to work somewhere else.”

All this year, with the pandemic well visible in the rearview mirror, many CEOs are demanding that workers who used to work remotely spend more time in the office, among them Bob Iger at Disney, Robert Thompson at News Corp, and Howard Trump. Schultz at Starbucks.

But these CEOs, in their memos to workers, did not express concerns about employees doing multiple jobs, or suggest that AI was creating untapped leisure time. This makes Clark’s remarks particularly interesting. Time will tell if more bosses cite similar reasons for workers to return to the office.

Clearlink order by luck Regarding the passage, he replied:

To help achieve our collective goals, Clearlink recently announced a return to the office four days a week for the majority of our Utah-based employees. We look forward to team members joining us at our new world-class global headquarters in Draper, Utah, and appreciate the efforts of all of our committed team members—including those who work in the office and those who will continue to work remotely—as we do our best work together. ”