Technology is always changing and influencing the way people do things, including their jobs. Out of the need for increased efficiency, the automation of processes has emerged. While some level of automation has been around in the manufacturing and technology sectors since the mid-1980s, it’s experiencing a new renaissance again.
A recent McKinsey & Co. Research report indicates that very soon around 45 percent of all work activities that humans currently do will be automated by existing technology. This represents around $2 trillion in annual wages for American workers. And this is not just people in entry level, mundane jobs – automation can also take place in senior level jobs all the way up to the CEO of the company.
Automation is changing the technology workforce for a number of reasons. Here are a few:
Technology enables more automation.
For those who either work in the technology sector or work for companies that cater to this market, automation of certain tedious processes can be a welcome change. Technology that speeds up tasks so that humans can perform better tend to be the most popular. Technology workers are fine using new apps to complete work and simplify things.
Automation is cost effective and convenient.
As mentioned earlier, one of the main reasons that automation is changing technology work is because it’s so cost effective. In many ways, automation is cheaper than hiring humans. That’s not to say that automation will ever fully replace people because there is nothing superior to the human brain. Keep in mind though that the 2013 McKinsey Global Institute study found that 100 million global knowledge workers could be affected by robotic process automation by 2025. (Source SHRM)
The technology sector thrives on flexibility.
Traditionally, companies that are involved in technology work understand that change is a necessary part of advancement. Automation is flexible, just like temporary staffing, in terms of controlling project costs and results. In the near future, a person may be performing half of his or her job using fully automated processes, and this will increase the profitability and productivity of the origination.
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