Are office workers concerned that artificial intelligence (AI) is coming for their jobs? Simply put: no. That’s according to a new study released by Adobe, The Future of Work: More than a Machine. We tapped more than 4,000 office workers in the U.S., U.K and Germany to tell us how technology is changing their jobs, what they think of advanced tech (like AI) in the workplace, and how confident they feel about the future of their careers.
In fact, instead of reporting anxiety about how future tech might diminish their roles, office workers are optimistic about how it can boost productivity and work for them.
We’re Here to Stay
Humans don’t feel like they’re just a cog in a machine. Our study shows that office workers are confident that they’ll continue to matter in the workplace, even in a world of fast-developing technology. Specifically, two-thirds of U.S. office workers think their job requires human abilities that tech will never replace (68 percent in the U.K. and 60 percent in Germany said the same). That’s 11 percent higher than the number of U.S. respondents who felt irreplaceable in our Work In Progress study last year.
But this doesn’t come without some anxiety. Only about 30 percent of U.S. and German office workers and 19 percent of U.K. office workers feel very equipped to succeed in the future of technology-rich work environments.
Overall, these findings suggest that people are open to change, but they want to be prepared for it. As long as employees adopt a learn-it-all mindset, and companies design user-centric technology that’s intuitive, technology and work should evolve hand in hand.