How Workers Feel About Robots and Their Jobs

By on June 5, 2019 at 8:00am

HOW WORKERS FEEL ABOUT ROBOTS AND THEIR JOBS

What impact do you feel artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will have on your job?

12% Negative impact
39% Positive impact
49% No impact

Workers who think these technologies will have a positive impact cited the greatest benefits:

1. Increased productivity
2. Ability to develop new skills and deliver better results; ability to focus on creativity and problem-solving (tie)
3. Opportunity to take on new responsibilities and pursue a promotion

Workers who think these technologies will have a negative impact cited the greatest drawbacks:

1. Eventual elimination of their role
2. Reduced opportunities for creativity and problem-solving
3. Excessive reliance on technology to do their job

HOW EMPLOYEES SEE TECHNOLOGY IMPACTING THEIR JOBS

Top ways technological advancements will affect jobs at their company:

Require new skills (47%)
Enhance employees’ productivity (47%)
Allow teams to focus on strategy (44%)
Create new opportunities for staff (44%)
Change processes (44%)

Multiple responses were permitted. Top responses shown.

82% say upskilling staff will be challenging.

80% say finding professionals with requisite skills will be difficult.

Source: Robert Half survey of more than 2,800 workers and 1,200 managers in the United States.

To read the full report, Jobs and AI Anxiety, visit www.roberthalf.com/the-future-of-work

2019 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F Disability/Veterans.

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