Employees are embracing the idea of incorporating robots at work, but organisations are doing too little to prepare staff, according to a study by Oracle and Future Workplace
Movies like The Terminator or The Matrix paint a rather lacklustre image over the rise of the machines. But despite the horror depicted on the big screen, it seems that a majority of workers would be happy to take orders from robots. At least, that’s according to a new study conducted by Oracle, the software as a service company, and Future Workplace, a research firm preparing leaders for disruptions in recruiting.
Having surveyed 1,320 HR leaders and employees, the researchers revealed that 93% would trust orders from an artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, 70% of people are already relying on some clever machine in their everyday life. Furthermore, 71 % consider AI skills and knowledge as a segment crucial for the market in the following three years. That being said, only 24% of employees are using robots at work.
But while many HR leaders recognise the potential of the technology, 72% said their organisation does not provide any form of AI training and they are currently not empowered enough to address an emerging AI skill gap. And that’s despite 79% of HR leaders and 60% of employees believing not using AI would have bad consequences on their own careers, colleagues and overall organisation.
Commenting on the report, Emily He, senior vice president of human capital management cloud business group at Oracle, said: “To help employees embrace AI, organisations should partner with their HR leaders to address the skill gap and focus their IT strategy on embedding simple and powerful AI innovations into existing business processes.” In this way, employees will ‘be able to quickly and easily take advantage of the latest innovations”.
Despite all the talk about people being worried about AI entering the workplace, it seems some have been swayed by the risks failing to adopt could have on their own careers, colleagues and overall organisation. That being said, we’re not sure if we’d like Skynet as our HR director.