There is currently much debate around how the introduction of automated processes, including robots and Artificial intelligence, will impact upon people's working lives. Many may have a negative outlook on increased automation, due to the fear of humans being replaced by machines, resulting in multiple job losses. The potential high costs and lack of a human touch may also be a cause for concern. However a recent survey by Adobe indicates that most conversations surrounding the future of automation in the workplace are in fact positive. Increasingly people are of the opinion that automation of more boring and tedious tasks, those that employees don't want to perform, will allow people to further their careers and focus on the rewarding, strategic elements of their job. Other positive implications of automation include time saving and the automated analysis of big data. With a greater focus on automation, mundane and repetitive tasks are likely to become a thing of the past.
While there is some concern about how robots and automation may impact work (-1.8 and -2.1 FOW net sentiment), people are increasingly talking about how automation in the workplace can take on the mundane tasks that people don’t want to do, freeing them to focus on the creative and strategic things that matter most to them and their careers. And it’s not just about robots; it’s also about productivity software that helps automate repetitive tasks. There is a lot of positive sentiment for automation as well, with saving time (30%) and big data analysis (25%) as the top positive topics about automation. With an increased effort towards automation, mundane data analysis may be a thing of the past.