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New software knows when you'll quit your job before you do

New software knows when you'll quit your job before you do
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Are you getting a little fed up with your boss? Or maybe you're long-overdue for a raise. It could be time to start looking around for a new gig.

But before you start shopping around, I have a little information to give you pause. A company called Workday has developed software that can tell your boss you're going to quit before you even start looking around.

This big brother software could potentially identify people for the boot, but the developers insist that it's to retain the best employees. How in the world is this program supposed to help people?

The program works a lot like the algorithms used in Pandora or Netflix to suggest another song or movie. It combs through company data and identifies people, their jobs and the path others have taken, whether it's moving up in the company or moving on.

But how does Workday know if you're going to walk out the door? It doesn't just analyze how long others have been at the company, it also takes a look at your job, your job performance and how long you've been with the company.

Then Workday scours the Web to analyze a database of more than 300 million job postings to see what's the highest in demand. Taking into account your current job situation, it works out the best solutions for you and the company.

For example, if a company's IT department's average employee stayed for two years or less before moving on and Joe Smith is coming up on two years in IT, Workday would send the company a message letting them know that something needs to be done soon.

"Something" could mean a raise, a promotion, a lateral shift to a different department, or another appropriate step to retain a valuable employee. The image below shows what your employer would see and the recommended steps.

Image courtesy of Workday.

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What do you think? Is this just the next big step toward a workplace Skynet? Or will this program actually help people? Let me know in the comments section below!

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