Why Automation Isn’t a Threat to Your Job

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Most Americans are not worried about a robot taking their place.

A recent study shows that around 75 percent of the employees are not scared of automation in the workplace and most actually embrace it. That is because, unlike the popular perception, automation makes actually their jobs easier and eliminates the tedious and boring tasks that they don’t want to do anyway.

The possibility of a computer being developed that can do higher level thinking is unrealistic. Therefore, automation really only works to handle low-skill tasks, leaving you the time to gain more skills that can help your career grow.

 

Not to mention that employees can adjust so they are able to work with the automation. Employees are also willing to retrain because they understand the benefits associated with using artificial intelligence and robotics.

The future success of businesses lies in their ability to utilize technology, alongside human skills and intuition. Here are some of the main reasons why automation is not a threat to your job, but rather a way to better it.

Handles menial, low-skill tasks

Automation handles tasks that take low skill levels and are time to consume. When these tasks are done automatically, it takes away from the valuable time employees have to spend working on them.

For example, it may take an employee several hours to input the daily bills into a computer system. This not only wastes time and takes away from the time that the employee can be doing something else, but it eliminates some of the tedious work.

Creates time for skill building

With more time on your hands, you can learn new skills that you wouldn’t have time to learn before. The CEO of Randstad US stated that today’s employees will continue to develop, cultivate, and update their skills to work alongside automation and artificial intelligence.

They will work to develop knowledge how to use a variety of systems and how to manipulate the data to perform their job more efficiently. It will provide for more opportunities to learn new skills and cross train in other areas of the business.

 

Development of new jobs

When you think of those self-checkouts at your grocery store, you may be thinking that these stations could have been manned by 5 to 6 cashiers that lost their jobs, and you’re probably right to a point.

But the self-checkouts allow more consumers to get through the checkout process faster. It doesn’t necessarily mean that these employees lost their jobs. However, it does mean that new types of jobs are opening up to develop, test, and build, these types of automation systems.

There is a growing need for software developers, software analysts, operators, and technicians. These jobs require higher level skills than the cashier and push people to continue their education to gain new skills.

There won’t likely be a robot that fixes other robots or develops new software. So, automation is not going to take your job, unless you allow yourself to stop learning and developing new skills that can’t be done by a simple robot.

Automation still needs human interaction

This is true across almost all technology. The level of interaction varies by industry, though.

An automated accounts payable system, for example, can perform many of the functions that an accounts payable clerk can do. However, that doesn’t mean that the company is firing their accounts payable department.

These systems help the accounts payable department perform their duties more efficiently. It works alongside them and helps to perform menial tasks. This allows for more time for higher skilled work to be done. It is a way to minimize wasted time and concentrate on other aspects of the job. It is a way to improve on the way that data is used and provides opportunities for the work to be done with less errors.

Automation is not going to cause you to lose your job altogether. However, it may change the way that you work. For example, you may scan a barcode to enter the data from a bill, instead of manually typing in each item. All of the information will be inputted into the computer in the various spots that it is needed.

The item will be put into the inventory, the price will be confirmed, and the bill is entered so that it can be paid. However, there may be sometimes when a human will have to begin the process, make adjustments, or enter information that is not already in the system.

 

Marketing is a good example of an industry where workers have adjusted their jobs due to automation, but more positions have actually opened up. Digital marketing is one of the fastest growing industries in America. Of course, there are automation tools like email blasters and analytics trackers, but those jobs only put marketers in the position to think strategically without getting bogged down in the small stuff.

Your job might change for the better

Automation is likely to change your job description, provide more time for further advances, and eliminate the boring and tedious aspects of your job.

It can provide you with an opportunity to work alongside advanced technology and may spark a little creativity of your own. Automation works to create jobs, instead of eliminating them. It may eliminate some tasks, but works to better the way that you perform your job overall.

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Susan Ranford
 

Susan Ranford is a freelance writer who focuses on business, tech, and careers. She’s experienced in career tips, business advice, and job search secrets.

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