As competition in the workplace becomes more fierce, people will turn to technology to become faster, stronger and smarter.
The report from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) surveyed 10,000 workers from the UK, Germany, China, India and the US and examined four ways in which the workplace could evolve by 2030.
As artificial intelligence (AI) seeps into the office and robots begin to replace human workers, the report says that 70 per cent would consider using treatments to enhance their mind and body to improve their employment prospects.
In this potential scenario, the study says “human effort is maximised through sophisticated use of physical and medical enhancement techniques and equipment, and workers’ performance and well-being are measured, monitored and analysed at every step.
“A new breed of elite super-workers emerges.”
Jon Williams, partner and joint global leader of people and organisation at PwC, said: “Machine learning and AI will help us do a much better job of workforce planning in the future, but we can’t sit back and wait for the future of work to happen.
“Those organisations and workers that understand potential futures, and what each might mean for them, and plan ahead, will be best prepared to succeed.”
Carol Stubbings, Joint Global Leader, People and Organisation, and Mr Williams said in a foreword to the report: “The pace of change is accelerating.
Competition for the right talent is fierce. And ‘talent’ no longer means the same as ten years ago; many of the roles, skills and job titles of tomorrow are unknown to us today.
“No exploration of the future of work will ever be conclusive. Indeed, one of the defining characteristics of our age is its ability to surprise and confound.
“Remember that your starting point matters as much as your destination; the best response may mean radical change, or perhaps just a few steps from where you are today.”
However, almost three quarters (73 per cent) of respondents do not believe that AI will ever replace humans in the workplace, and 86 per cent believe human skills will always be in demand.
Source : EXPRESS