Automation and job security: Should we be concerned?

Everywhere we look, technology is improving our lives. Countless everyday tasks are now fully automated, with little to no need for human interaction.

Automation has been proven to refine the way businesses operate. For example, many Human Resources (HR) companies have seen huge improvements as a result of automating their processes. Both the cost of administrative processes and the time spent on administrative work can be reduced as a result of automation, dramatically increasing productivity.

Many people remain sceptical about segmenting automation in the workplace, fearing that it may lead to high levels of staff redundancy. Economic Voice recently expressed their views on automation and job security, stating that “HR departments around the globe are faced with growing concern over automation in terms of job security.” According to the article, introducing state of the art software, such as the XCD HR Cloud HR system, creates a simpler way to efficiently accomplish tasks such as recruitment, payroll and processing annual leave, therefore reducing the amount of staff required to complete the workload.

However, according to thisismoney.co.uk, HR managers need not be concerned about job security as the profession made #674 on a list of ‘100 Jobs Least at Risk of Being Replaced By Robots’, with a probability of just 0.0055 of being replaced.

HR Voice has found that, since 2009, the workload of HR employees has increased steadily year by year.

For businesses who have begun to introduce HR solution software, an increased workload will result in more data being input. As automation is segmented into the workplace, the risk of redundancy is not imminent; HR roles are simply evolving to fit into a world of more ‘tech savvy’ businesses. HR departments will become more productive as HR solution software allows them to complete general tasks more quickly and efficiently. Automated solutions such as our multifunctional XCD HR Cloud HR system allow businesses to improve their workload and spend more time on staff development.

There will always be a need for humans, not only to oversee automated software, but also to offer an element of interaction to those tasks which a machine simply cannot complete, such as interviewing prospective employees and completing staff reviews.

With technology becoming increasingly intuitive, HR as a whole will continue to evolve alongside automated systems, ultimately changing the future of HR. Will you be ready? With so many HR system available, selecting the right one can be a daunting task. Contact us on +44 (0) 800 0432923 or email us at info@xcdhr.com, and we can discuss your specific needs. Still sceptical?

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