Jobs at Risk of Elimination
According to a recent Brookings Institute report, 36 million workers are in high exposure jobs that are in danger of being eliminate by 2030 due to automation. Clerical and administrative staff, cooks, waiters (or restaurant servers), hotel employees, short-haul drivers, most blue-collar workers, and those working in manufacturing could soon see 70% of the tasks they are performing today being performed by machines over the next 10 years.
Artificial intelligence, robots, and machines will change the way we do our jobs in every industry In America. From restaurants and hotels, to doctor offices to law firms, everyone will feel the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution driven by robots and machines.
In fact, a new blueprint has already been designed for the workplaces of the future. Workplaces we have become accustomed to in the past will no longer exist. The new reality is humans and robots will work side-by-side as co-workers in the future. Therefore, workers in every industry, regardless of status and position must prepare themselves now.
Customer Driven Changes
Consider this as an example. Amazon (who employs over 100,000 robots in their warehouses) is causing organizations around the world to get in a hurry. They dominate their competition because of their response time. They cater to their customers’ needs faster than anyone else. Order something today, and in most cases, they have your package to you anywhere in the world the next day.
This is pressuring organizations to revamp and rethink operational strategies as customers expect, even demand faster service. This has caused an entirely new workplace platform shift which is more customer centric. With this new mandate from customers comes the need to have the most up-to-date, highly skilled, and flexible workforce ever, thus the need for a new platform model.
Now here is where it gets very interesting, and it’s why every American worker must reinvent themselves now. Only 42% of today’s companies rely solely on permanent employees. This means 58% of companies have already shifted to a new workforce ecosystem. This new ecosystem, termed the new “open talent economy”, allows companies to hire top talent (on demand) as short-term gig workers, contractors, and consultants. Following this strategy, companies are able to hire from the most up-to-date, highly skilled, and flexible talent pools at all times.
Why Upskilling Is Now Critical
With the world of work changing rapidly, today’s workers have must act now to update their skills for future. In the very near future, your co-workers will be robots and machines. So, ask yourself; what skills will I need to do my job in the future? Are there new training classes and courses I need to take? How do I invest in my own talents today to futureproof my job for tomorrow.
A new blueprint has been designed for the workplaces of the future. The workplaces we knew in the past will no longer exist. Artificial intelligence, robots, and machines will affect every industry In America, and gig workers, contractors and consultants will be the new norm and robots will increasingly become our co-workers. Therefore, workers must act now to update their skills for the new age of robots and machines.
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Dr. Cubie Davis King, Ph.D. is a talent development specialist and author of the new book Reinvent Yourself Now. His professional toolkit also includes people management training, complex problem solving training, solutions in leadership development, employee engagement, succession planning, talent management, talent retention, and human resources law.
Dr. King earned his doctorate in Training & Human Performance Improvement, and has led Super Bowl winning teams in the U.S. Military, at the Department of Defense, at Xerox Corporation, and at Citi Group.