How Workers Feel About Robots and Their Jobs

By June 4, 2019 at 10:54am

HOW WORKERS FEEL ABOUT ROBOTS AND THEIR JOBS

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

16% Negative impact
25% Positive impact
59% No impact

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

1. Ability to focus on creativity and problem-solving
2. Increased productivity
3. Ability to develop new skills and deliver better results

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 (49%)
Change processes (48%)
Enhance employees' productivity (45%)
Replace routine responsibilities (45%)
Allow teams to focus on strategy (37%)
Create new opportunities for staff (37%)

Multiple responses were permitted. Top responses shown.

90% say upskilling staff will be challenging.

88% say finding professionals with requisite skills will be difficult.

Source: Robert Half survey of more than 400 workers and 300 managers in Canada

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

2019 Robert Half International Inc.

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