We enter the machine age with aplomb. We delight at AI and systems that we control. They make our lives easy and simple. But there is an underlying threat to this technological progression, moving at lightening speed. More than two third of cities across the world are estimated to invest billions of dollars to convert to smart city technologies in the next 2 years.
A report recently published analyzes how technological advances in smart cities could potentially impact jobs and skills. The report also lists the jobs that could go fully automated. The research found that management and supervisory roles are the most secure, being less than 30% automated, while low-paying positions involving manual labor are the ones most at risk, being more than 70% automated.
Workplaces will never be the same again, with smart city technology transforming our lives for good.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
Integrating your daily life with work has become a norm in many work cultures. People are using their own devices for efficiency comfort and time saving. A thriving work floor interaction and office gossip will soon become redundant.
According to a research, 67% of employees say they now use personal devices at work, and 87% of businesses rely on their workers’ access to mobile business apps.
Focus on Wellness
Work places are promoting good health and wellness. Employee welfare is on the top of the list. This also ensures motivation and boosts performance. Employers have understood the importance of wellness culture at work. With decades of stress, over work, burnout and nervous breakdowns, companies are now on high alert lest such a pattern again emerges. As a result, we have a new generation of employers who value work life balance. Wellness programs introduced in the office space also contribute to increased productivity as has been evident.
Technology is making this transition easy for employers and employees. Wearable devices like Fitbit and Jawbone allow employees to monitor their stats, from steps taken to calorie consumption to heart rate.
As the wireless technology and BYOD trends continue to rise, the need for advanced security tech rises with them. More data is being stored on the cloud, and if that data isn’t secured correctly, companies risk losing or leaking a lot of sensitive information.
A recent US review by SHRM found that nearly half of organizations surveyed (46%) are now using biometric authentication tech to protect data on smartphones. Flexible offices with excellent network security, a choice of shared and private workspaces, and round-the-clock on-premises security offerings are helping companies to operate in a safer and more secure environment.