What role will machines play in the workplace by 2025?

More than half of UK organisations are keen to investigate how they work and want to investigate how automation can be of benefit.

These findings were revealed in a report released by TalkTalk Business with research conducted by YouGov. The Workforces 2025 report also revealed that:

  • 29% of those surveyed see AI as having both a positive and negative impact, while 15% think AI, automation and other technology developments have the potential to replace their job completely.
  • 38% of workers think their current job will still exist 15 years from now, without any support from AI, automation or any other technology developments. Whereas 12% believe their jobs will be replaced entirely by AI.

This stands in stark contrast to a 2017 report by the Reform think tank, which said that 250,000 public sector administrative jobs could be at risk by 2030 because of automation.

Interestingly, key decision makers surveyed were alert to the sweeping changes ahead, with 47% explaining that their companies intend to upskill their workforces to understand and utilise these newer technologies.

Using the research findings, Graeme Codrington, futurist for TalkTalk, has put together a short video on the role machines will play in the workplace by 2025:

Duncan Gooding, Interim MD at TalkTalk Business, commented: “Employees must wake up to the march of evolving technologies so that they are ready to adapt to the demands and requirements of the workplace of the future.

“It’s equally important that employers introduce these tools and train  workers in a way that inspires intrigue and positivity. AI, in particular has the potential to transform our productivity and creativity at work. It is incumbent upon employers to effectively demonstrate how, so that current and future generations jump at the chance to embrace automated solutions.”

The full report can be downloaded here.

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