AI won’t steal your job, but your fear of change might

July 28, 2023
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When it comes to emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence, the news we hear about it comes hand in hand with fear. Fear that it will take our jobs, our livelihoods, the world as we know it. But, in the world of work, fear of change is a vicious cycle. The more we fear change, the less likely we are to do it. And the more likely we are to get left behind—our fears realised. 

The best way to overcome the fear of change is to embrace it. To ride change like a wave and adapt to the inevitable. Sound easier said than done? Here are some top tips on how to keep up in the ever-changing digital world. 

Understand what you offer that no technology can 

No matter how clever machines might get, some traits and skills can never be replaced by technology, and will remain endlessly useful to the working world. Skills like critical thinking, cultural awareness, emotional intelligence and lived experience. These skills all allow you to change your mind, think on the spot and practice empathy. And they go a long way. 

Don’t hate technology - befriend it

The key to keeping up in the increasingly digital landscape is to work out how to reshape your human skills to fit into a digital mould. For example, can parts of your role be automated? Can you use AI as a partner rather than a competitor? Can you elevate human experiences through machine-backed personalisation? Technology isn’t going anywhere, that’s why it’s important to find out how it can support you in your role…rather than hoping it can’t! 

Upskill, adapt, excel 

Another crucial way to keep up is to be ready to reskill, or - at least - to be open to adapting the skills you already have to work in new ways. If you work in HR, for example, can you use AI to generate job descriptions, so you can use your human judgment to focus more on the actual candidates? Or, if you’re a copywriter, can you use AI to simplify complex copy, so that you simply have to use your creative skills to make the simplified language sing? 

At Remotify, we specialise in creating positive, human-first environments to work in. Keeping employees and leaders happy, while keeping up with the ever-changing world of work. Want to find out how we can help you? Give our friendly team of experts a call today!     

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