Automation is becoming a part of our everyday lives. From self-driving cars to automated customer service chatbots and virtual assistants, automation is changing how we work and interact with the world around us. But are there any implications of integrating automation at work? Who and how are people being impacted by these changes? Let’s take a look!
As automation becomes increasingly standard in the workplace, it’s crucial to not only look at the benefits but also at the social implications of Automation in the workplace. A lot of people are aware of the potential of automation, but not many look into its social implications. Some implications range from negatively affecting how people work, job security, and overall impact on society.
Displacement of workers
One of the main social implications of automation is the displacement of workers. As more tasks become automated because of automation, we will see a rise in employees being displaced or fired. Automation brings on the risk of people losing their jobs or having to adapt to new roles, which they may not necessarily like, therefore decreasing morale. Job insecurity and income inequality will storm through corporate America, and other countries because those without the necessary skills will not be able to work alongside automation.
Furthermore. automation will change the nature of work in general. Millions of jobs that are now being done or were being done by humans may become obsolete. Jobs and companies will start to adapt to Automation, meaning new qualifications and skills will now be needed to work alongside automation. Because of automation, we will see an increase in the skills gap, and workers not having the necessary skills or qualifications to continue with their current organization or roles.
“You’re either the one that creates the automation or you’re getting automated.”Tom Preston-Werner
How does the above quote make you feel about your current role?
How can “power” be one of the social implications of automation? let’s delve into and see
Automation will change the power balance between workers and employees. As automation grows and becomes increasingly more reliable for employers, we’ll see automation take on more tasks allowing employers to have more power over the workspace and leaving workers with less bargaining power.
As automation continues to evolve, it is important to consider its social implications and find ways to address its potential negative impacts. This may involve retraining workers, developing new policies to support those affected by automation, and finding ways to ensure that the benefits of automation are shared equitably.
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