When you think of robots on the job, you likely picture an automated manufacturing line. But robots are entering business in myriad ways. According to research from Tractica, as AI continues to advance, robots will be relied upon to take over mundane business tasks and solve business challenges across all industries, allowing teams to focus on more strategic initiatives. Is your business prepared for the rise of robots?
“Big Data is driving major decisions everywhere. It is changing how companies think because data tells a real story, not an imaginary one. Understand the metrics in your position and make sure your metrics tell a story of success. Enjoy the opportunity to have more objective data to support your impact in the company!” says Sharon Tsao, EVP, Contemporary Staffing Solutions.
Calculate Cost Savings Of Implementing Robots
Robots may be efficient, but they are not inexpensive. Robotics companies will show you lots of data touting impressive cost-savings (some up to 75%), but when investigating robots for your business, always look beyond sticker price and do your own research in terms of long-term savings. There are always a few hidden costs when purchasing and implementing robots, plus the long-term cost of maintaining the technology. Make sure that the savings will make implementation worthwhile.
Determine Which Processes Need Automated
It’s tempting to turn over every task that can be automated, but not every single process requires it. In fact, some processes are still much better off in the hands of humans. Determining your level of automation is critical to remaining competitive and stakeholders will have study operations and business models closely in order to develop a solid strategic plan.
Evaluate Skills and Implement Support Plans
Does your current workforce have the skills to operate robots effectively? In many cases, when implementing robotics, companies need to hire new staff who can operate the technology and keep it up and running. Robots are not foolproof. Like all technology, they require ongoing maintenance and support. Savvy companies work out a staffing, budget, support, and maintenance plan ahead of time for hedging against malfunctions, errors and downtime.
Prepare Your Workforce
When your workforce catches wind that you are considering robotics, gossip and panic can spread quickly. It is human nature to worry about the future of one’s job when robots are introduced. Be clear about the functions the robots will serve, and how those robots will enhance the productivity of the organization. Try to assuage as many fears as possible by touting the benefit of the plan. At the same time, lying or avoiding questions will not serve you well. If it is possible that jobs will be lost due to automation, be upfront and transparent. Transparency breeds trust and when it comes to managing the morale and productivity of your existing workforce, it’s always wise to err on the site of honesty.
Is Your Company Implementing Robots?
If you are looking for skilled tech talent to help you implement and maintain robots at your business and you want to improve your hiring strategies to keep up with the pace of change, the IT recruiting experts at CSS can help. Contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve your hiring goals.