The world is changing. A fast-paced and technologically led world market abhors inertia and while automation, virtualization and the increasingly widespread use of AI are all exciting prospects for businesses of all shapes and sizes, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. While technological evolution can certainly drive efficiency, we must work to ensure that it does not come at a human cost. There are numerous industries which have made significant layoffs as a result of increased automation or simple economic necessity.
In an ever-changing technological landscape, in which we regularly pontificate on what is possible and what is inevitable, businesses and their workforces alike must concern themselves not with the ‘future of work’ but with the futures of workers.