As workplace automation and artificial intelligence become increasingly common in US workplaces, it is evident that these technologies are having an impact on job roles, tasks and duties. A survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 35% of workers anticipate their job to become more reliant on workplace automation in the coming years. Furthermore, 10% of US workers have already seen an effect on their job due to automation.
Though many respondents (57%) are confident their organization could provide training for them to use workplace automation effectively, 23% of workers are worried about being replaced by machines in the next five years. Women are especially less likely to perceive their job as becoming more reliant on automation in comparison with their male counterparts.
On the bright side, 50% of workers agree that the automation of tasks and duties would give them more time to focus on other areas of their work. The survey was conducted between March 30 and April 3 and responded by 521 US workers. These findings suggest that as automation and AI become increasingly prevalent, it will be essential to understand the implications of these trends on job roles and to ensure workers are equipped with the necessary skills to make the best use of workplace automation.