Automation in the Workplace and its Impact on Future Jobs

Automation has struck fear into many employees in the past decade or so. Machines replicating human actions and smart algorithms programming systems to do what humans can do in a fraction of time. That means a load of people being laid Automation has struck fear into many employees in the past decade or so. Machines replicating human actions and smart algorithms programming systems to do what humans can do in a fraction of time. That means a load of people being laid off, right? Yes and no. Automation can streamline processes and reduce time-consuming manual tasks but it also frees up staff to spend more time on projects to boost business growth. Although jobs displacement will occur, many jobs will evolve while others will emerge to meet new demands. In this blog, we look at automation in the workplace and how it’s transforming business and influencing the future workforce.

An introduction to automation

If you think that automation is a new technology, think again. It’s been around for hundreds of years, with automatic controls put in place within machinery used in the likes of mills and steams engines. The term automation, first coined in the 1940s when Ford established an automation department, comes from automatic and automaton. It describes a machine being set to carry out tasks on-demand or according to a set of triggers.
There’s been automation in the workplace ever since. From its humble beginnings, carrying out basic tasks through simple automatic processes in machinery, the technology has moved on and allowed companies across a wide range of industries to improve sophistication. Automation is now an integral part of business, with Marketing and Sales to HR and Finance teams using automation tools to increase business efficiency.

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