The Future of the Workplace: Humans and Robots Working Alongside Each Other


In a forum in Australia, they predicted that humans and robots will work together in the future / Photo by: BigBlueStudio via Shutterstock


In a report by Australia’s Digital Pulse 2018, its data revealed that the workforce will be undergoing a significant change, as well as the workplace environment, as more companies are eyeing information computer technology (ICT) workers and robotics addition to bolster Australia’s workforce.

According to Manufacturer’s Monthly, this growth is indicative of the demand that is apparent in the workforce, with about 100,000 ICT workers ballooning to 758,700 by 2033. That’s a lot of workers devoted to technology. With numbers like that, the next worry is that the future may be filled with more robots that people, and therefore should be considered as a threat as early as now.

While robots will certainly be part of our future at this point, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) reports that jobs will actually not disappear or be “stolen” by robots from humans, but rather it will only change the workforce landscape.

The AIIA report goes on that “most jobs will change as a result of technology, not disappear.” In that future, machines will be more automated and programmed to do twice as much work, adding in two hours worth of workload.

With machines taking in more work, the workers themselves will be “spending more time on different tasks within their existing jobs rather than changing jobs.” This trend has already begun in 2015 and is expected to continue well into 2030. Because most companies are open to introducing robotics and other technological advancements—hardware or software—in the workforce, it’s not so impossible that we will one day work alongside our robot creations.

In an aptly titled 2018 Deloitte report, “The Robots Are Waiting: Are You Ready to Reap the Benefits?” there are currently four barriers: process fragmentation (32%); the lack of clear robotics vision (17%); the lack of IT readiness (both 17%); and the fact that not a lot of us are well-versed in how to make these systems of robotics work (7%).