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There’s a popular perception out there that most people, particularly office workers, are concerned that artificial intelligence (AI) is coming for their jobs. After all, more and more simple tasks in the workplace have become automated — from daily reminders to finding and editing electronic documents. But are the office workers themselves truly worried that robots will take away jobs? Simply put: no.
In our new report The Future of Work: More than a Machine, we surveyed more 4,000 office workers across the U.S., U.K., and Germany, and asked them about how technology is changing their jobs, especially advanced technology like AI, and how confident they feel about keeping their jobs in the future.
The study suggests that instead of being anxious about technology taking over their jobs, office workers are optimistic about how it can boost productivity and work for them.
We’re here to stay
Humans don’t feel like they’re just a cog in a machine. In fact, according to the study, office workers are confident that they’ll continue to matter in the workplace, despite technology advancing at an ever-increasing rate. Specifically, around two-thirds of office workers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany believe that their job requires human abilities that tech will never replace (66 percent in U.S., 68 percent in the U.K. and 60 percent Germany).
But there’s still some anxiety. Only about 30 percent of U.S. and German office workers and 19 percent of U.K. office workers feel very equipped to succeed in a technology-rich workplace of the future.
The bottom line is that office workers are open to change, but they want to be prepared. As…