The world is about to experience a fundamental shift in demographics for the first time in history - "there are about to be more elderly people than young children". According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - in 20 years “one in 12 people is projected to be aged 80 or over” .
Genfour’s first Robotic Workforce Research compiled the results of a global survey of business to establish the sentiment surrounding robotics and the journey towards the automated workplace. So, what were the findings?
As machine learning hits the vertical part of the exponential curve, what will it take to be an effective executive?
The rise of ‘soft-skills’
There’s no doubt that the workforce will need to reskill in order to adapt to the workplace of the near future, and executive leaders in particular will need to refine one specific skill set: soft skills.
A landmark study released last week revealed that most British workers are spending longer hours at work for little or no gain in productivity. According to the study, more than two-thirds of employees say they are working longer hours than two years ago, but only 10% believe they are more productive.
Robots are becoming more and more integrated into our everyday lives, but are we willing to trust them over our own intuition?
The next generation of intelligent automation has arrived in the form of robotic process automation (RPA), cognitive technologies and desktop automation. These multi-faced workers offer businesses huge potential, enabling new levels of process efficiency, operational cost savings, speed and accuracy – leading to increased revenue growth and productivity gains.
To date most of the dialogue on automation has been about how it will impact people’s jobs, but not enough about the enhancements it will bring to the way we work. The automation landscape will bring agile, intuitive and highly effective automation tools into the hands of those best able to use them to deliver business process.
We touched on this briefly on the split between the skills you require in-housed versus what you are able to source in our previous article ‘What’s required to support & deliver Robotic Process Automation’.