“AI is the end of remote workers.”
The rise of generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney will soon make the hiring of remote talent unnecessary.
This assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.
In this post, we debunk the myth that AI has made remote employees expendable and explore 5 compelling reasons why, now more than ever, hiring remote workers is a strategic imperative for forward-thinking companies.
#1 AI and its Limitations
For all the mind-numbing miracles that artificial intelligence can do as of late, (and it is vastly improving and at an unprecedented pace), AI still has some serious limitations.
In generative cases, for example, like ChatGPT or Midjourney, AI is dependent on human input to get going. It has to be specifically prompted and its various settings set. This means that for all its latent power, the results it can yield will still depend on the imagination, creativity, and purpose of its human user.
And, after AI does its job, human insights are often needed for additional edits, corrections, and clarifications. From initial results, fine-tuning and directional guidance is provided. Often, these human insights and edits are “common sense” matters that human decision-making can easily tackle.
AI is a tool. It has powers and utility never before seen in human history. It is still a tool, nonetheless, and requires human intervention to reveal its awesome potential.
In the age of AI, companies who hire remote workers are not acquiring redundancies when they hire, say, Filipino remote workers. They are hiring the talent to run AI.
#2 Collaborative Intelligence Is Better
Twenty-one endoscopists viewed 504 video recordings of real colonoscopy cases. They were then asked to provide a diagnosis with and without AI support. Researchers found that doctors performed more accurately with the help of AI, where every 5 lesions correctly diagnosed without AI, 7 were correctly spotted with AI.
What’s more astonishing is that experts were able to distinguish between “good” and “bad” AI advice. Doctors were more likely to agree with “good” AI advice and also were more likely to disagree with “bad” AI advice.
Instead of looking at AI as a faster and cheaper alternative for human talent, companies that hire remote workers should see the complementarity of the two.
AI and humans bring different strengths and abilities to the table.
Humans get tired, but AI doesn’t.
AI follows from a limited set of rules and algorithms, humans operate from a complex experience that includes common sense, intuition and play.
One supports and enhances the other.
Humans working with AI produces superior outcomes than either AI chugging on its own without human check and guidance, or a human expert working without aid from AI.
#3 Human becomes the differentiating factor
With AI tools flooding the workplace like ink on still water, the only remaining differentiating feature, but a very big one, is the human factor.
AI tools are getting commoditized, which means having the AI tool alone is not enough to make your business competitive in the marketplace. Everybody has them.
For example, generative AI can make content production faster and easier, such that you’re now producing like never before. And you might be tempted to think that because of that you’re gaining ground with the competition.
Not so. Everybody else ups the ante too! The level of competition is higher across the board. Think of AI as the high tide that raises all boats.
Because AI is a tool—an equalizing tool—the opportunity to be different lies in the people wielding it. If AI is a Ferrari, you’re now going to need expert drivers who can ride the car past other Ferraris.
#4 Costs Are Rising
But speaking of “expert drivers,” the cost of hiring homegrown talent has seen an upward trend over the decades. And never been as emphatic as the past year.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages and salaries increased by 4.6% from June 2022 to June 2023. Benefits increased by 4.2% over the same period.
Australia for its part, raised the minimum wage by 5.75%, which predictably will increase pressure on labour costs across the board.
AI itself might have been a source of savings, but everything else is rising. Inflationary pressures are causing the inputs to business like labour, raw material, equipment, freight, etc. to go up in prices.
Companies are reimagining their cost structures and looking at creative ways to rationalize their expenditures. They are looking at cheaper sources of raw materials, and second-hand equipment, and getting into more favourable shipping contracts.
Companies who hire remote workers are looking to significantly cut their labour costs. Many have found that hiring Filipino remote workers is a good way to save money while maintaining the quality of work. Filipino remote workers are some of the most seasoned and dependable in the international scene.
But you may say, “If I’m really going to cut my costs, why to hire remote workers at all?! With AI, I can do the job myself.”
#5 Your Competitors Are Employing Remote Workers
With the newfound powers of AI, you can actually do a thousand different jobs yourself. Write articles, create graphics and images, create a marketing plan, balance the books, and handle customer service.
But then you’ll be trapped in the cycle of content creation or customer service, so-called “detail work,” and leave your business or organization rudderless and leaderless.
Meanwhile, your competitors are leveraging AI and remote workers to create products, market services, and find more customers. They strategise and look at big-picture issues.
AI, theoretically, can liberate you from depending on other people, allowing you to do stuff you’ve never done before. But the thing is, your competitors are going the other way. They’re not trying to do everything themselves, they’re leveraging everything they can to be hypercompetitive.
If your idea of being competitive is saving up by not hiring remote workers, then it won’t be long before your business is eaten by others composed of teams of remote workers.
Taken together, these 5 reasons provide compelling rationale why you should hire remote workers in the age of AI. If anything, AI and the state of global labour necessitate these hires. And not just any talent, but truly competent ones that give you the biggest bang for your buck.
(Because AI, with its power and capabilities, has a magnifying effect…magnifying the differences between remote workers.)
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As mentioned earlier, companies who hire remote workers are enjoying significant savings in labour costs—on average, 70% every month.
If this sounds like a competitive advantage you would like for your business, get in touch with us and we’ll help you get started immediately. Hire Filipino remote workers now.
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