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What Do You Think About Workplace Robots?

Dec 11, 2017


When you’re looking for offices to let in Scarborough, having space for a robot probably isn’t at the top of your list of priorities, but it seems more people would be willing to have a robotic coworker than you may imagine.

Onrec recently reported on research from Dice, a career hub for the tech community, which found that 55 per cent of adults would be open to the idea of having a robot in the workplace. This rises to 64 per cent among those aged 18 to 34.

The survey also explored what tasks people would be happy to hand over to a robot, with cleaning their house coming top of the list (60 per cent). In an office environment, carrying out routine admin tasks was thought to be the best task for a robot among 52 per cent of respondents.

In addition, the research found that 55 per cent of those questioned believe cleaners are the most likely people to see their jobs taken by robots in the next decade, followed by receptionists and train drivers, with 52 per cent each.

Senior marketing manager at Dice Danielle Bedford told the news provider that although there are some tasks we’re not happy to hand over to robots, there are clearly some areas where this technology could be welcomed.

“There is a rationale for robots and artificial intelligence in the workplace, possibly for repetitive tasks and data management,” she asserted.

Research published last month by McKinsey & Company suggested that more than 30 per cent of activities for six out of ten occupations could technically be automated. However, the study also noted that less than five per cent of roles could be fully automated. 

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