The Future of Work

“The pandemic has definitely been a turning point for work. But how do we predict what impact it might have on the future of work?”

The pandemic has brought massive and unique turning points in the work industry. Ever since the eve of the first lockdown during April, things have come up to the gig economy, automation and online remote working. All of these subjects have had different impacts on people, some positive or negative...

The definition of the gig economy refers to when a person has different jobs on different days of the week. For instance, somebody who is a bank employee, binman or a security guard on different days.

The definition of remote working is when people use online platforms at home or even in cafes. E.G, you can go on google or zoom. Four of ten people have now been remote working.

The definition of automation is when machines like robots and drones replace humans that have “low skilled” jobs. For example, robots could become a waitress and drones could deliver parcels.

A predicted change I would like to talk about is Robotic Automation. The problems that may arise from automation are that people could lose their jobs due to robots taking over. It’s easy to say, they could throw their life down the drain. These machines do not have any feelings and can’t interact with humans in the way a person can.

On the other hand, opportunities are certain because if one of your loyal human employees are ill, you can use a robot and that will never become sick. It is also a positive thing because it is very efficient and it is usually never out of control. It is also a “money-saver” because you don’t have to worry about paying it and it doesn’t even need to be paid. Infact, they don’t even need to have money and that makes them so helpful!!!

With these robots, a massive amount of new employees will increase. This will be due to the fact robots have “come into the frame”. However due to the cause of Robotic Automation, as I recently explained that people lose their jobs, this event has actually occurred and people’s lives have been already turned upside down due to the cause. People’s lives have been affected by robots and their lives have sank down like the Titanic on that fateful day of April 1912. These robots don’t have a single feeling as they are machines.

Natasha, a café owner, had a problem because her employees were at risk but also she saw an opportunity because even though she may have lost employees, robots could take the jobs and they never get ill. Ilhan had a problem because his dad and brother had covid-19 but an opportunity because robots could’ve replaced his ill brother and dad.

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