Global Trends in the Workplace Environment

Written by: April Lunar

Co-working With Robots

Hopefully, when we are looking twenty years from now, we say to ourselves that we lived thru one of the changing times of this century. Already 20 years into the age of the internet and at the front door of the age of IoT, the emergence of drones that deliver our mail, food, and even packaging we are definitely in a new era than the early 70s,80s,and even 90s,when none of these things were on our radar. Yes, we can also take pleasure in calling anywhere and everywhere in the world or calling to a 3D home to be made for us on a specific piece of property and in less than a week move into our new 3D home. We are living in a technologically advanced age.

My Favorite Martian

My first time experiencing a robot was in the TV show “Lost in Space” about Dr. Robinson’s family with a pilot and a robot travel to a distant planet circling the star Alpha Centauri, but they never arrive, but the Jupiter 2 crashes on a planet named Priplanus. The robot is part of what made the show enjoyable. The cause of the crash is a stowaway named Dr. Smith. It has been many years and many robots since that early introduction of robots into the TV world. We can name all the star wars and other shows since then that have used robots, then in the early 2000s, the government started a program actually to design robots for military use and so did the major universities across the country have their robotics labs. I’m sure there is a scarce one university that doesn’t have a small or large robotics lab. We are considering co-working with robots as one of the significant trends moving thousands of companies into the future and will be a trend for a decade or more into the future. 

Major Task Force

Many workers are concerned whether they will lose their jobs and the short answer is no; however, the long answer is yes, with the clarification is that probably millions of minimum skill work that is being done by unskilled laborers will be replaced by robotics of one kind or another. Robots today can do everything a regular person can do faster, cheaper, and they don’t complain when asked to do something as simple as picking up a pencil on the floor at their desk. Today robots we programmed to clean the entire house without any supervision, cook, clean, iron, do essential household duties, office duties, and more. 

Human and Robotic Workforce

Today companies are moving toward integrating robots into the workforce because of many studies that are showing that where robots are integrated humans work better and are more productive. What scientists are understanding is that humans are excellent at specific skills like decisions and management, while robots are a perfect addition to a work environment when the operations are repetitive and do not need human control. On the other hand, robots can also be trained to be very precise at a skill as is shown in a warehouse-like Amazon® which depends upon robots to collect orders 24/5/365 and bring them to package handlers which label and ship them to customers. Research is showing that humans and robots can work with one another and support the workload while each does perform the skill that each does best. Every job that is taken by a robot there are others crealted for unskilled workers. That depends on whether unskilled workers are willing to become skilled workers. OF course, there may always be positions open for unskilled workers like order takers, but there are even restaurants in different parts of the world where a worker is never seen, but only a machine that takes orders and the kitchen makes them and sends them out. 

Managing Robots

Whether robots will run the business world in the future has yet to be realized, but some trends show about 93% of workers today show that they would trust orders that come from robots. Also, there are specific programs that are designed to help managers become better by qualifying how they use their time and skills throughout a workday. Before we started to see the face of the robot automation the hidden face of robotics has been integrated into society for at least 50 years, but today society has become more familiar with the concept of the robot as opposed to the media images of robots that have been fed to the public for 30-40 years. 

The Future

The future of robots in our work environment is here to stay. Although we don’t see the robot integrated into our present work environment robots, have been used in agriculture, science, and technology for the past decade. One of the reasons why farmers can produce more and more crops on a given area of land and produce more productive strains of the same grain, fruit, or animal, is because of working with automated machines that crunch the numbers given to them from our crops and animal production then they use artificial intelligence to show proofs of how to improve the efficiencies of the soil, fertilizer, feeding habits, water usage, to produce a more productive hen for laying eggs, a Guernsey cow for producing milk, a cor for breeding a better calf for beef production or for telling me how to make a better sentence while I type this sentence. Though, indeed, robots will never take over the place of human intelligence that doesn’t mean that robots cannot be taught to do things that humans do now. Blue, the famous IBM machine, was shown to play Jeopardy and later play chess against World Chess Icon Gary Kasparov. So it is a given fact that robots can be taught to educate themselves and expand their knowledge, but can they run a government, help a mother give birth, console the family of a loved one? The future of how humans and robots share the workplace may dictate these things for our future.


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