With prospects of increased productivity and enormous profitability, businesses turn to automation to streamline their operations. Almost 50% of employers believe that by 2022, automation could lead to a reduction in their industry’s workforce, potentially putting millions of people out of a job. But there’s more to running a business than just increasing the bottom line – human skills are what make it possible.
Today, nearly 20% of what we do at work could become automated, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Repetitive behaviors, repeatable tasks, and even predictable physical activity show the highest likelihood of automation, but this opens up new opportunities for us humans. One study has shown that under 5% of occupations can become fully automated; this suggestion helps us move away from feelings of fear over losing our jobs to robots and shifts us towards a more proactive outlook. As automation continues to grow, our soft skills ranging from curiosity to creativity will become more important than ever.
Robots may be able to work smarter and faster, but we still have something that they don’t: humanity. Instead of fearing a robotic replacement, make yourself and your unique skills irreplaceable. This infographic details the future of automation, why it will change the way we work, and how we can work alongside new automated colleagues. Learn how to robot-proof your career!