Mainstream media would have us believe that there is an imminent robot apocalypse and humans are going to be rendered redundant at mass scale and in quick succession.
But truth be told, this is not the case.
Whilst there is a growing interdependent relationship between human and technology, and our adoption of and reliance on technology is heightening - humans will remain relevant.
During a recent panel discussion on The Reboot Show, co-founder of strategic workforce planning SaaS platform eQ8 Alicia Roach said that humans will not only remain relevant but will remain more important than their technology counterparts.
“Technology is here but we still need humans and there’s an interplay between both. Technology is the great enabler but human talent is the source of competitive advantage for organisations”, Alicia says.
“People are the execution vehicle for our strategies and purpose”.
It’s apparent that Alicia is not alone with her thought leadership.
During the same panel discussion Australian employment market expert and Managing Director of Luminary Russell Fairbanks said “The future of work is not actually about technology, it’s about [human] talent”.
Acknowledging the role and importance of people in the future of work is an important first step, but it’s not the only step towards ensuring people are enabled and empowered, as they need to be, alongside technology applications.
“Putting people at the centre of organisation design and how technology is used is crucial”, Russell said.
Many executives are focussed on understanding how best to repurpose their people as technology improves employee experience and business capability. This journey can feel daunting for many executives particularly as they contemplate what redundancy roadmaps may look like as a part of their organisational journey to optimising the employment of people and technology.
But career coach Amy Smith stresses that the growing use of technology to take over repetitive tasks, particularly through robotic process automation (RPA), means that “people are going to be able to do more meaningful work”.
The impact of technology on people within an organisation isn’t limited to the scenarios in which tasks are handed over to a robot.
Amy says that SaaS platforms like eQ8 enable organisations to modernise the ways in which technology provides their employees with a great employee experience amid technology adoption.
“This technology can really help to remove barriers associated with interacting with your HR department which provides employees with a bit more control and empowerment to engage with their employer”, Amy said.