It’s no secret that the world of technology is advancing in many ways. We see this progress in our daily lives through our home equipment, cars, electronic devices, and the many ways the digital world is replacing conventional processes in our lives.
So far technology has made life easier for people in many respects. However, future dynamics with technology will generate profound shifts in the long-standing future of jobs. Technology is increasingly transforming the future of the workplace.
For example, there are predictions that by 2025, 45% to 47% of today’s jobs will see technology through automation replacing humanly’s in the workforce. Not only are these numbers staggering for families, but it is also downright horrifying. These technology reformed modifications will continue to rise throughout 2017.
The automotive industry is one of the most advanced in technology today. Life-size robots are replacing humans in departments such as creating and installing the core body parts to vehicles. Is future technology a threat to your job? Here’s what to expect in 2017.
Mechanization assists the workplace with becoming efficient as companies incorporated robotic technology. If you are a secretary or assistant to a manager that requires you to do the nearly impossible scheduling meeting of hundreds of employees around the globe, you may want to update your resume.
Scheduling assistants are one technology that will see a massive influx in 2017. Amy fromX.ai is a program that is making big waves in the workforce. The program provides services such as scheduling meetings and handling conferences for employees that work in-house and remotely around the world.
Another benefit employers are seeing is reduced errors that would typically require overtime to find and fix versus what few mistakes a virtual assistant makes that are cleared up in seconds. By having the virtual technology, workers spend less time on rework and more time being productive in other areas.
Computerization can open up time for employees through effective process strategy. The large e-commerce store, Amazon, found a way through technology to improve warehouse collaboration speed and planning by 400%.
By incorporating the Kiva robot automation technology, Amazon is now able to conduct the majority of its warehouse structuring, ordering, stocking, and distribution with ease through virtual technology as well as computerization that does the same work that would typically require three employees to fulfill.
With such advanced technology, automated assistants are increasing in the workforce without one out-performing the other. Virtual administration assistants will continue to make their presence in the corporate world to embody more functions and requirements and will increase interoperability with innovated technologies and legacy techniques.
In addition to the programs, applications will need to systemize across a widely distributed and mobile workforce that often does their work on their own devices instead of company devices.
Productivity is seeing significant improvements in employee productivity and engagement through technologies such as:
- Machine learning
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
When an employee utilizes their skills and knowledge, a massive increase in productivity occurs. One example is how Nordic Bank added new technology named “Amelia,” an AI technology program from the IPsoft company and started the trend of virtual customer service station in their bank branches.
Nordic Bank took the step of adding a virtual assistant and created an IT customer service desk which freed employees from doing small tedious projects to concentrate on better work performance. With increased productivity, companies are venturing more into incorporating IT technology to their workforce, often replacing individual employees with the new IT assistants.
There are drawbacks for the employees with productivity and financial gains that are happening in the workplace by use of IT technology. Employees see fewer complications and workloads that the IT technology affords, however, it is the employer that is benefitting the most. Productivity is up, but the increase in salaries and vacation time have remained the same, padding the company’s bottom line.
2017 is going to be the year that software and technology are going to change the flexibility and advances in scheduling. Programs that allow employees to perform self-management steps such as trading and swapping shifts with co-workers will be one program employers will add to their tech department. Programs such as this will relieve the stress of the constant change with workers schedules.
Other ways technology will enhance the flexibility of the workplace is programs that employers can utilize that will make automatic schedules for hourly employees based on the flow of customer traffic as well we when the employee is available.
Work location is another way flexibility will be useful in 2017. More and more employers are utilizing technology that allows employees to work in remote areas. Both employer and staff find the option to work in remote locations a highly desired benefit to both parties. An employee can work from anywhere in the world while an organization has a larger talent pool when looking to hire a new employee.
The ability to offer remote positions is possible by these advances:
- Advanced compatibility between devices and applications
- Cloud storage
- Digital workspaces
- Video conferencing
- Video calling
- Bring your own device
Being able to perform work duties from remote areas is the ultimate benefit for the highly in-demand IT employee and allows the employer the opportunity to choose an employee from anywhere around the globe.
There are downsides to working away from the typical office scenario even with all the new technology; not all jobs are capable of being performed in remote areas. Face-to-face co-worker interaction is what forms a team that works systematically together to create the smooth production.
Some employers feel it would be difficult for employees to collaborate with a remote employee that has nonstandard hours who are not a constant part of the team. However, those that do utilize remote positions find the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
The days where employees used processes such as printing presses, cash registers, and those large, bulky desktop computers and fax machines are long gone. Have you noticed that every service person you deal with has some mobile device to conduct their business with you?
When tablets and smartphone came on the scene, everything changed with how a business transaction is carried out. 2017 is the year that mobile technology will make its way into businesses of all shapes and sizes. Mobile consumption, excellent uses, and prompt delivery will transform industries of all types.
2017 will be the starting point with companies incorporating increased mobility by use of customized apps instead of having the employee rely on their own solutions that may not be secure or user-friendly.
Security is the main concern for going mobile as well as the opportunity derived from convenience, portability, and is user-friendly. Some employers have fears of this creating avenue for hackers, competitors, and thieves stealing important company date.
Employees, often without intent, lose vital information such as forgetting to back up their work and losing all data by accident. Problems such as this occur with all computer system on a worksite, but with the ability to carry mobile devices, these problems increase.
EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT AND STAFFING
Technology has found its way into the recruitment and hiring process. With social media and sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter becoming a platform for advertising an open job position, employers are taking advantage of the online technology of screening and recruiting.
With the technology used in the Human Resource department, programs are widespread that perform the identification, recruiting, and screening of potential candidates. Despite the use of automated systems that review and maintain resumes, human attention still has the final word when determining If an applicant has skill beyond typing in matching keywords.
Human Resource employees in 2017 will have advanced technology at their fingertips that will teach how to utilize technology to assist with recruiting and hiring in specialized areas such as the in-demand IT professional.