There’s no doubt that the last few years have represented a turbulent period for employees. The pandemic turned the working lives of many knowledge and tech workers upside down to begin with, then swiftly followed by tens of thousands of global job cuts across big tech and financial institutions.
A further reset for many happened this year in terms of return to the office mandates, some of which are being zealously enforced. Last week, some Amazon staff got an email warning them that their in-office attendance was not in line with corporate policy.
Big Brother-style surveillance isn’t generally warmly received by workers. With burnout from workplace stress at an all-time high, what’s making things even more tense is the rise of AI anxiety thanks to the breakout success of generative AI tools such as ChatGPT.
AI anxiety is a term coined by marketing agency Day One, and the company says it is “unease about the overarching ramifications of AI on human creativity and ingenuity”, along with “the sense of foreboding as to whether or not what you’re seeing is being created by man or machine.”
One of the biggest fears workers have when they think about generative AI is around their job security. In fact, the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2023 found that 23% of jobs globally will change in the next five years.
While it expects 69 million new jobs to be created, 83 million will be eliminated, which will result in a net decrease of 14 million jobs, or 2% of current employment.
Other jobs will change radically. According to a new report by McKinsey, generative AI has the potential to automate between 60% to 70% of the work that most of us engage in every day. This is particularly with regards to the work done by those in sales and marketing, customer service, software engineering and research and development.
But it isn’t all bad news. For many knowledge workers, generative AI tools are likely to help take back time spent on administrative tasks, freeing up their days for more creative or deep work.
A McKinsey report has found that jobs across multiple sectors could benefit from getting up to 30% of their time back thanks to use of generative AI, with the report’s authors stating that “…we see generative AI enhancing the way STEM, creative, and business and legal professionals work rather than eliminating a significant number of jobs outright.”
Among those who could be impacted positively are computer engineers, business and financial specialists and account managers.
For example, one study found that software developers using Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot (an AI pair programmer that helps users write code faster and with less work) completed tasks 56% faster than those not using the tool.
Right now represents a great time to embrace change. By upskilling and looking to develop ways of working with generative AI tools, workers can help to deliver business success. In fact, McKinsey says that generative AI has the potential to generate $2.6 trillion to $4.4 trillion in value across industries.
So, if you’d like to make a switch to a company where you can showcase new skills or be in an environment where you’re encouraged to develop them, the TechRepublic Job Board is the perfect place to start your search. It features thousands of jobs, like the three below.
Machine Learning Engineer/Firefly, Adobe, San Jose
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