Results from a recent Accenture Strategy survey, revealed that the majority of Australians polled (78 per cent) expect parts of their job to be automated within the next five years.
This trend is set to see enterprises tap into the benefits that automation can offer. But what does it mean for individual workers?
Research by Accenture indicates that the majority of workers surveyed see more good coming from automation than bad, 77 per cent anticipating more opportunities than challenges arising as an impact of the digital age and the future workforce.
On a global scale, more than 74 over cent believe robots, data analytics, and artificial intelligence will help efficiency, and 73 per cent expect new intelligent technologies will empower workers to learn new skills.
But the digital revolution has meant that the stakes are high within enterprises, where employees risk remaining relevant if they cannot adapt their skills to the future workforce, according to Accenture.
The global business services company suggests that the timely and deep development of skills requiring emotional intelligence like leadership, critical thinking, and creativity could considerably reduce job losses arising from automation.
Consequently, Accenture maintains that the onus is on the CEO to re-skill their employees to ensure they are ready to adapt as the centre of change within a business.
“Even with the rapid growth of automation, there will always be human skills like leadership, empathy and creativity that will never cease to be relevant,” said Accenture Strategy managing director for A/NZ, Luca Martini.
“As we enter a new age of the workforce, leading organisations will be those that leverage the best of technology to elevate, not eliminate their people. In Australia, workers are optimistic, but realistic and understanding of the fact that staying ahead requires learning new skills.”
“Fostering the future workforce is the mandate of every responsible and forward-thinking organisation. Business leaders must take charge and empower employees to achieve more by adopting new strategies, particularly reskilling their people at scale and at speed,” Martini added.