Walden: Three approaches to address hospitality labor market challenges

Walden: Three approaches to address hospitality labor market challenges

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Editor’s Note: Dr. Michael Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and a regular contributor to WRAL TechWire.

RALEIGH – There are pressing challenges to North Carolina’s hospitality sector, chief among them the state of the talent market.

The sector is a multi-billion dollar industry in North Carolina, composed primarily of restaurants and hotels, and all together, the industry accounts for about one in every 11 jobs in the state.Yet the industry suffered some of the largest losses in employment following the onset of the COVID-19 […]

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

robotic arm holding a cup of coffee with coffee foam art U..S. employment statistics hit a new milestone last year, but not a positive one. In August 2021, almost 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s the highest number since the department began tracking voluntary resignations. Their reasons for leaving their jobs vary—the numbers track people who quit for a different position, as well as those who quit without having another job lined up.

While the reasons for quitting vary, one thing is clear: Businesses are having a tough time getting employees to […]

Workflow of the week: What not to Automate

Workflow of the week: What not to Automate

Here at Mitratech, we write endlessly about what makes for good workflows , but today, we’re here to tell you that not everything should be automated. We often hear that once a company starts to use workflow automation, the “can you automate this for me?” requests start pouring in from everywhere. And that’s not surprising; who doesn’t want to automate away their own list of mundane tasks? As the list grows, however, it’s essential to consider what makes for a good workflow, what kinds of processes see ROI from automation, and which are just better left to the human […]

What impact is robotics and AI having on the job market?

What impact is robotics and AI having on the job market?

According to a study recently published in the academic journal, Science Robotics , almost 1,000 existing job roles from financial analysts to sales assistants are at risk of being assimilated by robotics and AI, with the food industry, building and maintenance, construction and mining the most exposed.

By combining scientific and technical literature on robotic capabilities with statistics on employment and wages, the authors of the report from HEC Lausanne , University of Lausanne and EPFL have created an easy-to-use tool which can calculate the jobs that are most likely to be replaced by technology by comparing the human and […]

You Decide: How Will the Hospitality Industry Change?

You Decide: How Will the Hospitality Industry Change?

You Decide Downtown Raleigh, east of campus. By Mike Walden

The North Carolina hospitality industry, primarily composed of restaurants and hotels, is a multibillion-dollar sector in the state. As a percent of the state economy, its share has been growing in recent decades. The industry accounts for one out of every 11 jobs in the state. On average, every $1 million of new spending in hospitality creates 15 direct jobs in the industry and another five jobs in other industries.

During the pandemic, the hospitality industry suffered some of the largest losses among all industries. Employment dropped 44% compared to 12% […]

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

In the late nineteen-forties, Delmar Harder, a vice-president at Ford, popularized the term “automation”—a “nickname,” he said, for the increased mechanization at the company’s Detroit factory. Harder was mostly talking about the automatic transfer of car parts between machines, but the concept soon grew legs—and sometimes a robotic arm—to encompass a range of practices and possibilities.

From the immediate postwar years to the late nineteen-sixties, America underwent what we might call an automation boom, not only in the automotive sector but in most heavy-manufacturing industries. As new technology made factory work more efficient, it also rendered factory workers redundant, often […]

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

In the late nineteen-forties, Delmar Harder, a vice-president at Ford, popularized the term “automation”—a “nickname,” he said, for the increased mechanization at the company’s Detroit factory. Harder was mostly talking about the automatic transfer of car parts between machines, but the concept soon grew legs—and sometimes a robotic arm—to encompass a range of practices and possibilities.

From the immediate postwar years to the late nineteen-sixties, America underwent what we might call an automation boom, not only in the automotive sector but in most heavy-manufacturing industries. As new technology made factory work more efficient, it also rendered factory workers redundant, often […]

How Technology is Both Killing and Creating Jobs

How Technology is Both Killing and Creating Jobs

Where the advent of technology and digitalization has undoubtedly opened the doors for numerous opportunities, it has also closed the doors to many. While the coming generations will find their consciousness in the digital age, they will never know the laborious struggles of the manual lifestyle the older generations before them lived through. But the best thing about that manual lifestyle was that it created jobs for many.

If we put the idea of collective well-being and equity of wealth aside for a while, the amount of dense smooth coming out of chimneys of factories defined how much the city […]

Viral Video From Vegetable Market Shows Why ‘India Does Not Need Robotic Automation’

Viral Video From Vegetable Market Shows Why 'India Does Not Need Robotic Automation'

As the world is turning towards automation, many things are still done manually. A glimpse of this was seen in a video that has been going viral on the internet. Amid the age of automation, people were seen completing their tasks with robotic precision and coordination. The skill depicted by the men will surely entertain you.

In a viral video, a group of men was seen rapidly cutting and stacking the cabbages. The video, which was believed to be have captured at the vegetable market, showed them filling the whole stack in less than a minute. Erik Solheim, President of […]

How can Humans Compete with Robots?

How can Humans Compete with Robots?

When we think of robots , the first thing that comes to our mind is – how will these robots replace us in our job roles?

When we think of robots, the first thing that comes to our mind is – how will these robots replace us in our job roles? Whatever the answer, the second question is almost certainly: How can I ensure that my job is not threatened? A team of researchers from EPFL and economists from the University of Lausanne has released research in Science Robotics that provides answers to both issues. They created a […]