Jobs of the future

SHAFAQNA- What do Asian youth think the workplace will be like in the future?

This was a question posed by mobile operator, Telenor Group, and 100% of respondents believed that they will be working alongside robots in the future.

The 4,200 respondents ranged in age from 15 to 25 and came from Singapore, Malaysia, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and most of them (63%) said that “mobile or internet technology will be ‘important’ in their future careers”.

They also found that more than one in four young Singaporeans believed that cultivating ‘people management and emotional intelligence’ is also important while 31% said they “admire the human aspects of technology.”

“It’s fascinating to see that young adults not only revere technology and the opportunities it presents them, but also see themselves as ‘compassionate’, and ‘highly creative’,” said Yasu Sato, head of digital capabilities, people management, Telenor Group to Singapore Business Review.

The future is now
But millennials don’t have to look too far into the future as more industries are adopting the use of technology in their workplace.

Hotels have started using robots to cart food trays while a new invention by scientists from Nanyang Technological University claims to “do a more accurate job of inspecting a building for defects”.

“A regular inspection that takes one day with two human inspectors could be done in half a day with one human inspector and QuicaBot. Unlike humans, QuicaBot does not get tired and can run for 36 hours after two hours of charging,” reported The Straits Times.

The Singaporean youth’s sentiment on the “human aspects of technology” are especially manifested in the HR profession.

From recruitment software like HireVue that analyses voice patterns to determine a candidate’s suitability to apps and devices that aid in employee engagement, the use of technology is making managing a team easier than ever.

“Digital technology can help simplify and streamline HR practices that its functions start to become transparent,” once said SAP SuccessFactors president, Mike Ettling.

“In this way, HR transforms itself from a perceived complication to a seamless enabler of the business,” he added.


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