Can you imagine receiving tasks from a robot? Such a boss would give you clear, concise tasks, without emotion. The robot would most likely not be in conflict with you, adhere to anyone, or commit sexual harassment. A new study found that most people would prefer a robot as a boss over a human.

Workers Trust to Robots

According to a study by Oracle and Future Workplace, more than three-quarters (82%) of surveyed people think that a robot boss would better perform certain tasks, such as adhering to plans, and have an impartial attitude towards all workers.

The survey found that 64% of people would believe more robot than a human boss. In China and India, it is almost 90% as artificial intelligence is part of their daily lives.

Criteria of Respondents

The report published by Oracle explained how the survey was conducted:

“Research findings are based on a global survey conducted by Savanta between July 2 to August 9, 2019. In total, 8,370 completed the survey. The study was administered online and fielded in 10 different countries (and in six languages). Permanent full-time employees between the ages 18-74 years old were eligible to participate. The survey targeted HR Leaders, Managers and Employees. Respondents are recruited through a number of different mechanisms, via different sources to join the panels and participate in market research surveys.”

The study also found that more than half of the people are very satisfied with their robotic co-workers.

Robot Colleagues Welcomed

Dan Schawbel, Research Director at Future Workplace, said:

“Over the past two years we’ve found that workers have become more optimistic as they’ve adopted AI in the workplace and HR is leading the way. The 2019 study shows that AI is redefining not only the relationship between worker and manager, but also the role of a manager in an AI-driven workplace. “

Division of Tasks

And it suggests that tasks could be divided between robots and human bosses. The robot would be in charge of routine tasks.

 „Based on the findings, managers will remain relevant in the future if they focus on being human and using their soft skills, while leaving the technical skills and routine tasks to robots,” Schawbel said.

According to a World Economic Forum report on the future of work, up to 75 million jobs could be filled by robots. In 10 years, this figure could grow tenfold.

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