How Upskilling Can Pave the Way for Blue-Collar Workers’ Employment in the Future

How Upskilling Can Pave the Way for Blue-Collar Workers' Employment in the Future

To be successful in the age of automation, blue-collar workers need upskilling and training to survive in the market hastily opting for robots over humans With artificial intelligence (AI) and automation displacing several human jobs, many blue-collar workers will require special skills to survive in the future. Unlike white collar workers, blue collar workers spend significant amount of time in physical activities. Whereas, the white-collar worker typically performs work in an office environment and may involve sitting at a computer or desk. To be successful at their jobs in the age of automation, blue-collar workers may also need upskilling […]

Women should not be barred from any job

Women should not be barred from any job

A pilot trains on a flight simulator at the Bombay Flying Club’s College of Aviation in Mumbai, India. (Reuters) If there was ever a hashtag that resonates with the majority of today’s women it is #TheFutureIsFemale. Whilst acknowledging that this slogan is at least 40 years old, it holds more weight today than ever before.

If the future is indeed female, it is quite concerning that there are still places and occupations around the world where women cannot work. Despite the great strides most countries have made to encourage more females into the workforce, there are still many jobs from […]

Walmart Now Has Robot Janitors Scrubbing Their Floors

Walmart Now Has Robot Janitors Scrubbing Their Floors

It seems the much-feared robot apocalypse may finally be here. Starting next year, it has been announced that hundreds of robot will now be scrubbing floors at Walmart stores nationwide.

The new Zamboni-style janitors will be roaming Walmart’s aisles this January. The firm has ordered 360 of these autonomous cleaners.

Before you fear for safety, it should be noted the robotic janitors come equipped with yellow safety guards on both sides to deter any adventurous customers who might be tempted to hop on and take a ride. A siren also informs people of the robot’s arrival.The robots also have sensors that […]

Intelligent Robots Are Here to Make Workers Lives Better

Intelligent Robots Are Here to Make Workers Lives Better

Chris Barber Every successful business leader knows that having the right employees on staff, performing the right jobs, is essential to a profitable business. However; not all successful business leaders know that the right person for the job might end up not being a person at all…

Incorporating robotics systems powered by artificial intelligence (AI) into workforces has been a game-changer for many manufacturing companies. Similarly, the supply chain and logistics businesses that adopt these technologies not only find that their warehouses and distribution or fulfillment centers are more productive, but they are more adaptable to business changes and they […]

Humans vs. robots: The role of automation in GM’s factory closings

Humans vs. robots: The role of automation in GM’s factory closings

Linda Nazareth is a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Her book Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post Jobs Economy will be published this month. Robot arms weld the bodies of fourth generation Toyota Prius cars on the production line at the company’s Tsutsumi assembly plant in Toyota, Aichi on Dec. 8, 2017. It really was not as simple as a bunch of robots swooping in and telling the auto workers that they were done and that the cars were going to be made a different way. General Motors’ decision to close […]

Bring On the Robots: Why Automation Is Good

Bring On the Robots: Why Automation Is Good

The size of the global automation market is forecast to reach $200 billion by 2020. 1 As more industries deploy machines and computers, the labor market is being transformed.

This is one reason why many of us worry that machines will take over our work, leaving us unemployed. But automation has been happening for centuries — more specifically, since the Industrial Revolution. Ever since, some have predicted that automation would cause massive unemployment and make humans obsolete. And today, even the CEOs of tech companies like Facebook 2 and Microsoft 3 make similar claims — adding that, this time, the […]

The world keeps turning for state of Illinois manufacturers

The world keeps turning for state of Illinois manufacturers

The East Peoria manufacturing facility of Caterpillar Inc. makes the D10, a trendsetting track-type dozer. | Fred Zwicky/Peoria Journal Star via AP Lucina Miguel has a job unlike any other performed by Illinois’ 571,800 other factory workers. She glues strips of a map of the Earth onto large plastic spheres for Replogle Globes , one of 13,000 manufacturing companies in the state.

That task once fell to founder Luther Replogle, who started making and selling handcrafted spherical creations out of his Chicago apartment in 1930. Success followed over the next several decades and Replogle eventually became one of the largest […]

John McDonald: The economics of click, ship and wrap

John McDonald: The economics of click, ship and wrap

For the last two holiday seasons, I have bought nothing from a store. It’s all click, ship and wrap for me. We’ve all read the articles about the “death of retail” and closing of traditional retailers nationwide. As the holiday season gets underway, it’s important to recognize that the loss of retail jobs doesn’t mean retail employment is gone forever, but merely shifting.

With Deloitte forecasting a 17 percent to 22 percent increase in e-commerce sales in 2018, more consumers shopping online translates to more job growth in transportation and warehousing. From 2015 to 2016, employment in these industries increased […]

The Smart Way to Prepare Your Workforce for Industry 4.0

The Smart Way to Prepare Your Workforce for Industry 4.0

The Hexagon organization is centered on precision measuring technologies like CMM and CPS and adding CAE software capability is an effort to emphasize endtoend solutions for vertical manufacturing supply chains The Hexagon organization is centered on precision measuring technologies, like CMM and CPS, and adding CAE software capability is an effort to emphasize “end-to-end solutions” for vertical manufacturing supply chains.

Is automation the job-killer that it’s been made out to be in the past Maybe not, according to a recent L.E.K. Consulting manufacturing survey.

Automation is motivating the decision-makers we surveyed across seven manufacturing industries to actively invest in their workforce, […]

How AI automation could boost employment: The role of demand

How AI automation could boost employment: The role of demand

Industrial Automation Technologies that automate labour tasks do not necessarily increase unemployment. Despite widespread concerns that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will displace workers en masse , there are periods of history where productivity-enhancing technologies have actually increased employment in the affected industries. This runs counter to the simplistic notion that ‘automation causes job losses’ in the industries experiencing automation.

So, why does automation lead to employment growth in some industries at particular times, while leading to job losses at other times and in other industries?

James Bessen , an Economist from Boston University, argues that it has to do with how […]