It presents incredible opportunities for improving the way we work, allowing us to work wherever and whenever we want. Many employers have already embraced technology that helps facilitate remote working.
After all, so long as work is done and deadlines are met, does it really matter where the work is done? Remote working offers greater flexibility for parents and carers, and it also reduces our commuting bill whilst reducing some of the pressures on our over saturated transport systems, if we are not having to make a journey into the office every day. It also has the added benefit to employers of potentially freeing up valuable desk space at a time when rental costs for office space can be at a premium.
Co-bots and collaborative technology in industries where automation is already well adopted have shown to make a huge difference to productivity, allowing workers to dramatically increase their output such as in car manufacturing but also to complete tasks in a less invasive manner, such as robotic assisted surgery in hospitals. Businesses have been able to meet greater consumer demand by making production lines more efficient with robots and healthcare technological advances have meant faster recovery times.
Artificial intelligence and robotics help workers and businesses to be more clever and intuitive to market trends, whilst freeing human labour from a plethora of repetitive tasks and freeing them to focus on 'creative' development and interpret the data that AI can increasingly gather for us.
The world of work is changing and we need to ensure that we are building a workforce that is fit for the future. As we collaborate more with technology to go about our daily tasks, and as that technology becomes more intuitive and human-like in its responses, we need to consider the impact it will have on its human colleague’s mental health.
We need to ensure we are building a resilient and relevant workforce, starting at school. There is a real risk that technology will develop faster than the curriculum. Whilst we focus on developing the national curriculum we have to ensure that academy’s and private schools who are not bound by government framework are keeping up with the innovation agenda.
It is imperative we are also ensuring that there is continued personal development throughout employment. Businesses have a responsibility to ensure that their workforce can cope with the technological changes that will come thick and fast, understanding future risks. By understanding future risks, businesses can future proof themselves, ensuring a framework is in place to protect and develop their workers in a fast evolving environment.