Tips to remaining relevant in the age of automation

Hays managing director Nick Deligiannis said robots would inevitably continue to join workplaces across Australia. Image: Hays

A Hays survey in Australia has found that over 350 (18 per cent) out of 1987 people polled reported automation has impacted their job significantly, with their duties changing or their role becoming redundant.

Another 32 per cent responded that their job has been impacted partially, with some tasks automated and non-routine duties increasing.

The remaining 50 per cent said automation had so far had no impact on their day-to-day job responsibilities.

According to managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, Nick Deligiannis, there is no denying that robots will continue to join workplaces across the countries.

“[But] professionals [are] able to benefit if they take the appropriate action now,” says Deligiannis.

“Consider what your job would look like if all the routine and repetitive duties you perform were automated. Then determine how you could fill the time freed up by the automation of these tasks in a way that adds greater strategic value to your employer.”

Employees then need to upskill themselves in higher-value areas identified to be ready for the automation of lower-value, repetitive tasks.

They should explore relevant automation tools and the practical application for their role.

“Set up a meeting with your boss to discuss these new tools and how they could be of use in your role. Then present your plan for how you can focus your time on higher-value tasks if your routine and repetitive job responsibilities were automated,” Deligiannis added.

“Remember, constant upskilling is the key to remaining relevant and employable when lower-value tasks are automated.”