“Don’t just sit back and wait for automation to knock on your door,” warns Hays, as robots crank up the pressure on Aussie workers.
In fact, the global recruiting experts say half of Australian workers have already seen their responsibilities change because of automation.
Some have even named the growth in automation and AI ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’. But what does it mean for today’s workforce?
Hay carried out an online poll of 1,987 people in Australia. Eighteen per cent said automation had already affected their job “significantly” by changing their duties or even making their role redundant.
Another 32 per cent said automation had affected their job “partially” by automating some tasks and reducing “non-routine” duties.
The final 50 per cent said automation has so far had no impact on their day-to-day job responsibilities.
‘Take action now’
Managing Director of Hays ANZ Nick Deligiannis warned workers not to be complacent about the growing influence of automation.
“There’s no denying that robots will continue to join workplaces across the country,” he said.
“Even if you’re one of the 50 per cent of skilled professionals whose job has not yet been affected by automation, it’s essential you don’t rest on your laurels. The automation of routine and repetitive job tasks is inevitable.
“To prepare, consider what your job would look like if all the routine and repetitive duties you perform were automated. Then determine how you could fill the time freed up by the automation of these tasks in a way that adds greater strategic value to your employer.
“Next, start to upskill in the higher-value areas you’ve identified. This means you’ll be ready for the automation of your lower-value, repetitive tasks.”
Mr Deligiannis urges employees not to ignore automation, but to face it head on and look for opportunities.
“Don’t just sit back and wait for automation to knock on your door,” he said. “Be proactive and embrace change by exploring relevant automation tools and their practical application for your role.
“Set up a meeting with your boss to discuss these new tools and how they could be of use in your role. Then present your plan for how you can focus your time on higher-value tasks if your routine and repetitive job responsibilities were automated.
“Remember, constant upskilling is the key to remaining relevant and employable when lower-value tasks are automated.”