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Employees Say They Will Work Technology Not Be Replaced by It

Employees Say They Will Work With Technology Not Be Replaced by It

Aug. 28, 2020
Technology is being used to augment people’s jobs by handling repetitive job functions, giving employees time to tackle more complex jobs.

Four out of five U.S. employees believe technology will change the way they do their job over the next three years.

According to a study from GlobalData, they see themselves working alongside technology, rather than being replaced by it.

Part of the reason for this belief is that respondents said that while technology can do some of the work, it can’t do all of it. Technology will augment workers' abilities rather than cause them to lose their jobs.  

When asked what technologies they thought would change the way they do their job over the next three years the results were:

  • Artificial intelligence at 37%
  • Collaboration tools such as Zoom 25%
  • Robotic process automation at 21%
  • Wearable tech 13%
  • AR at 4%

 “Technology is increasingly being used to augment people’s jobs by handling the more repetitive job functions, giving employees time to tackle the more complex or judgment-based parts of their role, said Cyrus Mewawalla, head of Thematic Research at GlobalData  "That, perhaps, explains why people are more optimistic than pessimistic about the future.”

Only 21% of respondents said they were worried about their future employment, and only 23% believe that between 81% and 100% of their job could be performed by technology.

“The future of work is a key theme for U.S.  businesses and these poll findings reflect how peoples’ working future is being created and enabled by technology - both in the short-term, post COVID-19 and long-term,” Mewawalla added

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