- October 02, 2018
- in Future of Work
- by Amanda Maksymiw
Workforce Futures: Rise in artificial intelligence allows for creativity at work
Teams work most effectively when they have the time and opportunity to collaborate, brainstorm, and share ideas. But regardless of whether employees work within the same office or are distributed around the world, getting bogged down by administrative tasks like coordinating meetings and creating to-do lists is an experience we all deal with.
Instead of these tasks continuing to be productivity-killers, artificial intelligence has risen in the workforce, taking many of these tasks off the plates of humans and allowing them to do more creative, collaborative, and innately ‘human’ work.
Despite estimates that robots and automation will take away more than 800 million jobs by 2030, our study, Workforce Futures: The role of humans in the future of work, found:
More than half (58 percent) of workers believe automation will have a positive impact on their jobs by freeing up time for more interesting work.
Sixty-five percent welcome the increased use of AI and automation to free them up from ‘mundane work.’
40 percent are already seeing it play a role in the daily operations of their organization.
Despite the opportunities that the exciting new technology brings, it hasn’t completely won over workers yet: 50 percent say they are still skeptical about AI in the workforce. And when it comes to who (or what) that are interacting with on a day-to-day basis, 84 percent say that they would rather speak to a person than a machine.
But if used correctly, AI can create a people-first environment and offer workers more time to collaborate and ultimately produce a better work product. Sixty-nine percent of respondents say they do their best work when they involve other people in a collaborative process.
For more findings from Workforce Futures, check out this infographic.