Technology is coming after your job

The world’s biggest companies, and even the small ones won’t stop talking about ‘going digital’

In case you don’t know what that means, it implies the introduction of high tech to replace man power in industries.

 

This, to many, seemed far-fetched till now. On the 4th of September 2017, Ecobank Ghana laid off 181 staff whose jobs have been replaced by effective digital solutions. This comes as a result of a move to expand the digital agenda Ecobank set in motion when it’s launched the Ecobank Mobile App in October last year.

 

Artificial Intelligence or robots may not be ready to take over street hawking or TroTro driving yet but the introduction of Mobile Apps, Automated Teller Machines, Point of Sale Terminals is rendering most employees in the banking sector redundant.

It’s started with the banking sector; your industry may be next.

The introduction of 3-D animation is a threat to the actors and actress in the movie industry.

 

Digitization leverages the power of technology to provide instant, convenient and cost effective service unmatched by human power.

The results technology is providing in the banking sector increasingly becoming unparalleled.

Should industries continue down this trajectory many employees will be rendered if not jobless redundant at best.

 

Overall effect of digitization on industries.

Even though the migration of industries onto digital platforms may spell doom for most employees.

It promises good an amazing future for companies.

First, production cost will reduce drastically since employees’ wages will be taken out of the equation.

Besides maintenance charges employers don’t have to pay salaries to machines, I mean who wouldn’t want that?

Again, the introduction of digitization will improve productivity; in time, quantity and arguably in quality.

Machines can work more fast than human employees without getting exhausted and the tendency of potential mistakes are eliminated.

Way forward

It doesn’t mean all hope is lost for the employee service providers.

However, in order to avoid a widening employment gap due to the introduction of technology, the focus of employee training must be altered.

In lieu of schooling workers to provide services such as banking, commercial driving, marketing among other services, these employees should be trained in the fields of Artificial Intelligence.

That way industries will have workers who are capable of creating and manning technology in the production process.

 

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