Change is always a bit perplexing to even the most relaxed, go-with-the-flow type personalities, but when it comes to issues involving livelihood and the workplace, it can cause outright fear. Such is the case worldwide when it comes to the issue of automation.
Be it small things, such as switching to paperless Dynamic PDF forms and stamps, to big endeavors involving robotics, AI, and the like, large percentages of individuals in industries spanning the globe are voicing their fears of job disruption due to automation in the coming decades.
U.S. News & World Report published a recent article on the subject, “How Afraid Is the World of Automation?,” citing a poll by the Pew Research Center on the subject of varying degrees of worker anxiety due to automation throughout 10 countries, including the U.S.
A big question addressed is whether workers felt it was the responsibility of government to retrain and prepare their citizens for the future disruption, or if in fact employees themselves should take the initiative upon themselves or face the consequences.
It’s a good read.