A potential marketing job candidate looking for work in the technology space, advertises he can “program and download any skills needed” and is “already assembled and batteries are not required.” What more could you want in a prospective employee?
Canu, watching the trend of robots taking human jobs, decided to join the robotic ranks. Becoming concerned of the growing trend he decided to take matters into his own hands. Canu has a website pointing out his dream job and skills (click here to see his website).
If he can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Frankly, I like his creativity and spunk.
The question remains are robots truly taking over our jobs?
Consider these trends:
Uber is currently considering utilizing driverless cars.
Lowes (the DIY superstore) introduced robots to stock shelves and has begun testing a robotic greeter.
The UK Counsel is set to employ Amelia, a robot, who will help with customer service and administration.
The Aloft Hotel has begun testing a robotic bellhop.
With the rising cost of labor as the most expensive line item on a financial statement, I’m not surprised employers are looking for ways to become more efficient. Just think about it. Robots are a one-time expense that does not need wages or health insurance. Enough said.
One can’t help wonder just how much of an impact will robots have on the future of the workforce. It appears there are two schools of thought. There are those who feel automation will make our jobs/lives easier and improve productivity tremendously. Plus the thought is robotics will create more and different levels of jobs. There are others who feel it will only serve to hurt us economically by taking away jobs with no hope of replacement jobs or skills.
Either way, I am with Canu. We need to think differently, embrace change, and redefine our value. How exactly can we reinvent ourselves to be irreplaceable?
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Tresha D. Moreland, MBA, MS, SPHR, SSBBP, founder of HR C-Suite, is an HR thought leader in Human Resource Strategic Management. She has held key human resource leadership roles for over 20 years in multiple industries most recently a senior vice president in the healthcare industry.
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