Males and females split over impact of automation in the workplace

There is a split of opinions among males and females on the impact of automation in the workplace, according to a study by TalkTalk Business based on research conducted by YouGov.

The report found that over a third of male workers (39%) feel AI and automation will make them better at tackling day-to-day tasks, in contrast to less than a quarter of female workers (24%).

The Workforces 2025 report also reveals that 28% of male workers in comparison to 19% of female workers think automation will help improve their attention to detail and reduce errors.

A third (33%) of men think the introduction of these technologies will impact on their jobs positively, as opposed to just a quarter (25%) of women.

38% of workers think their current job will still exist 15 years from now, without any support from AI, automation or any other technology developments.

Duncan Gooding, Interim MD at TalkTalk Business, commented: "Employees must wake up to the march of evolving technologies so that they are ready to adapt to the demands and requirements of the workplace of the future.

"It's equally important that employers introduce these tools and train workers in a way that inspires intrigue and positivity.

"AI, in particular, has the potential to transform our productivity and creativity at work. It is incumbent upon employers to effectively demonstrate how, so that current and future generations jump at the chance to embrace automated solutions."

Graeme Codrington, Futurist to TalkTalk Business, added: "The reality is that we are on the verge of technological advances akin to the Industrial Revolution. While many employers are considering upskilling their workforces to benefit from this shift as early as possible, lots of employees still do not appear to have got the memo to achieve this.

"What these latest insights show is that by enabling workers to unlock the full extent of their abilities, this will create a happier, more engaged and productive workforce."

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