One in three UK workers would prefer a robot boss

A new report has revealed 34% of employees in the UK believe a robot would be capable of better decision-making than their current boss


After a survey of 1,000 professionals, a report has revealed one in three UK employees believe that given the right business intelligence, a robot would be better at making decisions than their current boss. The report, Advanced Trends Report 2018/19, was the third such survey commissioned by enterprise software company Advanced.

The report attributed this to a lack of belief that the C-suite executives and managing directors have failed in driving technological transformation in firms. Of those surveyed, only 35% believed that their bosses were driving technological change. Who employees felt the weight of responsibility fell to regarding who should be driving technological transformation in an organization was spread between IT (51%), finance (19%) and marketing (13%).

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As a result, 59% of workers believed that more than half of their colleagues were not ready to adopt new transformation technologies into their organization, while 31% of those surveyed simply have "no confidence in the leadership of their company to create and run a modern digital infrastructure".

On the flip side, the majority of respondents surveyed indicated an openness to working alongside robotic technology with 65% of them claiming they would be happy to if it meant a reduction in the number of manual and repetitive tasks they had to perform. The report also revealed 72% have already integrated some level of automation into their roles.

"Disruptive technology is encouraging us to look afresh at all aspects of business," commented Advanced CEO Gordon Wilson. "While robots are unlikely to take on the job of decision-maker – the reality is that they are simply not yet suited to such complex tasks and will instead work side-by-side with humans – our findings suggest that employees are dissatisfied with their current leadership, want to get rid of arbitrary decision-making and are starting to challenge the norms."

In response to what bosses across the country could do to help rectify this lack of confidence from their employees, Gordon said: "Ultimately, technology fundamentally can change the make-up of the workforce, which is why creating an open and collaborative culture is so critical. New candidates in entry-level roles working on the ground are likely to be more digitally-savvy so would make great ambassadors to drive change and ensure innovation happens.

"As a result, businesses will see more people embracing digital transformation and placing confidence in their leadership to take them forward," he added.

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