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In a surprise find, 89 percent of people, including from India are positive about the role robots can play in helping them at workplace rather than taking away their jobs, a new report has found.
According to the “Future of Work” study by Adobe released on Friday, people are open to man and machine collaboration for work benefits. The study was conducted in regions including India, the US, Britain and Australia. The report highlighted that automation mentions have doubled year-on-year, with a 70 percent year-on-year increase in the average daily mentions of robots and jobs.
Topics such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) were most popular on social conversations related to automation. “The ‘Future of Work’ looks promising, as robotics and automation gear up to enable employees to be more productive and creative in their roles. The Adobe Digital Insights report reiterates the importance of workplaces embracing the benefits of digital transformation,” Abdul Jaleel, Vice President, People Resources India at Adobe, said in a statement.
The findings also revealed that topics such as people analytics, work environment and transportation are trending and form common conversations around the future of work. Conversations about people analytics within the Future of Work context have increased 20 percent year-on-year as more companies are focusing efforts on their people, leading to workplaces that continue to improve.
With flexibility and impact being the key employee motivations, the report highlighted the emergence of the gig economy or contractual workforce. “Mentions about the gig economy have seen a threefold year-on-year rise, as more people urge companies to incorporate mandatory office shutdowns and flexibility in work schedules,” the report added. Faster and more self-propelled transportation has the potential to change how people travel to work and with self-driving cars receiving more than a million mentions, the future is bright for transportation, the study said.