The way technology influences our everyday lives is beginning to extend into the workplace, and the skills once required to complete a job are constantly changing. While these new skills and tools allow us to work faster, smarter, and in a lot of cases, from anywhere in the world, how do employees in this new era adjust to the change?
When it comes to the prospect of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) being used in the workplace, there’s this perception that the ‘robots’ are about to take over. However, according to Kriti Sharma, VP of AI at Sage, this simply isn’t true.
“We have a certain image of robots stomping over the world, and stealing all our jobs, and getting involved in our private lives, and developing deep human connections with us, but in reality, this technology is already everywhere in our lives,” Kriti explained
in the Where the World’s Moving podcast series.
In the long run, the benefit of automation is the potential to learn new skills and engage in a workforce that values higher-level creative thinking. So there’s merit in the argument of ‘upskilling’ current employees in order to be more prepared for the rise in new technology used in the workplace.
The importance of upskilling for the future of work is accepted by today’s global citizens, as shown by the findings of the Where the World’s Moving Global Report. Many respondents (59%) are already preparing to upskill for a changing work environment, and 70% believe they will be in the future.