72 percent of workers across the globe see AI and automation as a technology that will help
them do their jobs better, not replace them
Yet only 38 percent of workers are currently using robotic process automation (RPA) technology
The majority of global workers are eager to embrace automation in the workplace, according to a new academic report commissioned by Automation Anywhere, the global leader in robotic process automation (RPA). However, despite this enthusiasm and the success of early trials within organizations, employees currently are still evaluating how they will deploy these technologies.
Unveiled today at Automation Anywhere’s Imagine New York experience, Making Work Human: 5 Challenges points to the main obstacles that organizations must overcome in order to scale automation, more specifically RPA, as well as AI, to meet the needs of the workforce of the future.
The global workforce is open to change
Overcoming initial growing pains
Despite the curiosity and openness to explore automation and AI, just 38 percent of workers surveyed globally currently use automation technology to perform their job responsibilities, but there is an expectation that this number will continue to increase. The research also uncovered substantial discrepancies when it comes to how workers across the globe are adopting these technologies today, with only 13 percent of workers in Japan and 26 percent in the UK using automation technology in their current roles, compared to 49 percent in the U.S. and 66 percent in India. Importantly, workers across the globe agree that opportunities to work with AI and automation technologies such as RPA will increase their productivity.
The new research highlights five challenges organizations face in scaling the use of automation (specifically RPA) and AI, and suggests practical actions that organizations can take now to address them. The challenges comprise:
Dr. Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London, and leader of the research commented: “Last year, we conducted research to explore whether automation could make work more ‘human.’ We found that augmented companies not only enjoyed 28 percent greater performance levels, but also scored 33 percent higher on factors deemed to make a workplace more ‘human’.”
“In this new research, we wanted to ask – how will organizations scale their technological automation after successful trials? We uncovered five challenges they will face, but there is a relationship among them – and like all great technology revolutions in history, addressing these holistically allows for the balance required for the integration of augmentation into our lives.”
Calling for greater diversity in automation
Diversity presents a unique challenge for the rise of automation. Among those surveyed from the general workforce, six percent fewer women than men had received the opportunity to participate in workplace trials of automation technology. With the World Economic Forum recently reporting that just 22 percent of global AI professionals are female, the report warns that organizations need to act faster to change the constitution of the workforce or risk losing valuable insight and capabilities, crucial to scaling automation and AI.
Mihir Shukla, CEO and Co-Founder of Automation Anywhere, concludes: “We commissioned this research to gain a deeper understanding of the practical considerations in scaling automation and AI – for our customers, for our partners and for ourselves. It was crucial we included the voice of workers in the research – employees in the U.S. and around the world, who will be the most impacted by this technology, but also have the most to gain by its presence. From skills to diversity to authenticity, it’s important that as a sector, we continue to question and debate these challenging issues, to promote the responsible and ethical development of automation.”
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About the research
Supported by Automation Anywhere, the research was conducted by an academic research team led by Dr. Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London and Dr. Jennifer Barth. A mixed-method approach was deployed, including:
About Automation Anywhere
Automation Anywhere is the leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), the platform on which more organizations build world-class Intelligent Digital Workforces. Automation Anywhere’s enterprise-grade platform uses software bots that work side by side with people to do much of the repetitive work in many industries. It combines sophisticated RPA, cognitive and embedded analytic technologies. More than 2,800 customer entities and 1,600 enterprise brands use this AI-enabled solution to manage and scale business processes faster, with near-zero error rates, while dramatically reducing operational costs. Automation Anywhere provides automation technology to leading financial services, insurance, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, telecom and logistics companies globally. For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.
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