A recent study by Monster.com revealed that 65% of Americans expect robots and computers to perform jobs that are currently done by humans in the future.
Indeed, as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and automation are gaining in popularity, concerns among the workforce are growing. Respondents showed that the fear of change and newer technology is often one of the main drivers in a hesitancy to adopt tools that could make processes faster, safer, and more efficient.
However, companies have to adapt and automate in order to keep pace with customer demands and offset a decreasing labor pool. They are then less reluctant about adopting automation, AI, and robotics, and will seek more the help of RaaS (robots-as-a-service) vendors. Businesses have the possibility to operationalize automation and robotics in their budgets.
With more automation, companies could benefit from increased productivity and reduced production downtime, while workers who were part of the manual operation can be reallocated to new, value-added roles.
In order to reduce the employees’ anxieties, businesses can bring them into an AI, robotics, or automation project when it is still in a concept stage. Besides, when it comes to manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution, automation, and autonomous mobile robots allow workers in repetitive, dangerous, and non-value-added positions to move upward within their company into more interesting, safe, and rewarding roles.