PwC released their study in March, 2017 which predicts that 38% of all American jobs will be eliminated by 2030. The jobs more likely to be taken over by robots include those in the transportation and storage (56%) sectors, as well as manufacturing (46%) and retail (44%).
The study goes on to suggest that a positive outcome includes higher paying jobs for the humans that do the work.
In May, 2017, the EMC2 hotel in Chicago, now offers Cleo and Leo, robotic butlers that bring guest towels, dental kits along with other items. Their touch screen promotes interaction with you and your five star rating will cause them to dance as they head back to the elevators which they take themselves. The hotel assures its workers that they enhance their customers’ experience and are not meant to take their jobs.
What does that mean to you and me?
The replacement of jobs will happen gradually. You will begin to notice that automation is now starting to replace customer service agents when you call your credit card company, your bank, your cable and internet provider, even your health insurance carrier. Repetitive tasks in manufacturing will be replaced with robots. Self driving vehicles will eliminate the need for drivers. More and more companies will enjoy huge savings in labor and training costs and will look for more ways to automate positions that can be replaced with robots.
Are you prepared to transition into the new jobs your company will advertise?
What if you are a contractor without seniority and consideration since you are not an employee? Will you be able to compete for the new jobs?
Here are some tips to prepare for the change in the workplace:
- Assume an aerial view of your company’s position on automation and the jobs that are most likely to be eliminated. What are the new jobs? What are the skills and experience needed?
- Objectively evaluate your own work performance including ratings in quality, output and your ability to get along with others.
- Determine if gaps exist between your performance evaluations, skills, and contributions to the company in comparison to the direction the company is now taking.
- Create a plan to eliminate the gaps including additional training, certifications needed, improvements to your performance.
- Talk with your boss and gain their support as you work to close the gaps if you want to secure the higher paying positions.
- Start now! As company leaders roll out their automation strategy, you will be ready!
Linda Thompson is the founder and CEO of Big Transformations, bigtransformations.com, a change management consulting company that provides training solutions for individuals and companies. With more than three decades of managing large operations and IT projects for Fortune 500 companies, Linda has profited from the good and the bad of change and applies her training, skills and experience to help others. Contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.