As automation continues to gain traction in industries, a lot of jobs previously performed by humans are being outsourced to their automated counterparts. However, the view of this “fourth industrial revolution is increasingly dystopian. Most people are of the view that as machines are getting assigned tasks previously performed by humans, those workers would be pushed towards unemployment and ruin. Believers of this view are of the opinion that automation would lead to mass unemployment and subsequent poverty. However, automation can actually lead to increased efficiency and productivity. Not having to spend precious time on tedious tasks allows employees to be more productive. Freeing up their time to be spent working towards key objectives and helping the business grow instead of performing tasks that are necessary but otherwise time-consuming and not worthwhile.
Another area in which automation could prove highly beneficial is in the hiring of employees. Applicant tracking and candidate relationship management systems can help with nearly every step of the process. The parsing of resumés and shortlisting of candidates can be done quicker and better than a human. And the scheduling of interviews can also be done through similar programs which would also make them easier to keep a track of for the recruitment team.
Automation could also assist in the orientation of new employees. It is estimated that 20% of employee turnover occurs within the first month and half of hiring. A standardized orientation process designed using AI at its core could help reduce this turnover greatly. Onboarding apps can automatically tick off when tasks are complete and if not, it can alert the employers regarding the same. These tasks can also be altered remotely by the employer in case of a change in the employee’s responsibilities.
When robots and automation are implemented in a business effectively, they do not replace jobs. Instead, they augment them to enable greater productivity. The introduction of robots and other such machinery also leads to the creation of new jobs for workers since there is a need for operators and also for upkeep and proper functioning. Automating repetitive tasks can affect the mood of the workers and employees, hence, boosting morale. It has been shown that happier employees are upto 31% more productive than their sullen counterparts. Their improved mood and productivity also has a ripple effect on those in their vicinity. This leads to a better, more welcoming working environment which may rub off on new hires as well.
Automation can also make the workplace safer for humans. Some tasks which may be hazardous to human health can easily be performed by machines and robots such as disposal of toxic waste. This eliminates the need for human workers to come into contact with substances that may be hazardous to their health and well-being. Having a safer work environment is definitely something all businesses and industries are keen on.
Robotics and automation could end up being the catalyst that Spurs unprecedented economic growth and productivity. And automation isn’t as threatening to the jobs currently held by humans as the popular narrative might lead one to believe. If implemented properly and effectively, automation will only lead to further progress and development of both robotics, and the industries where it is used.