Science fiction authors have long questioned what could happen if robots completely take over for humans. It's certainly something many people fear and employees are increasingly concerned that they may lose their jobs to robots. But incorporating the use of robotics in the workplace doesn't mean replacing human workers. In fact, there are many advantages of having robots in the workplace and these benefit workers as well as employers.
Safety Advantages of Robots
The most obvious benefits of robots in the workplace are those involving safety improvements which help both employers and employees. Machines that use hot temperatures, dangerous chemicals, heavy lifting and sharp objects are all better off being operated by one of the many types of robots in the workplace that are impervious to these dangers rather than a human who could become injured, permanently disfigured or even killed by such dangers. This keeps workers safer by keeping them away from these risks and prevents employers from potentially facing expensive medical bills and lawsuits which are almost always going to be more expensive than the occasional repair bill for a robot.
Even if humans are still working in dangerous environments and are exposed to these risks, having robots operate heavy machinery and handle dangerous materials can still reduce the dangers as robots are more precise than humans and they never get distracted. This means they never have trembling hands or arm cramps, never get tired, never use drugs or get drunk, never goof off and stop paying attention. In other words, a robot will never make many of the potentially deadly mistakes humans sometimes make while operating heavy machinery and working with dangerous substances.
Speed and Efficiency
Being tired doesn't just make a human a liability in dangerous situations, it can also reduce the productivity, accuracy and efficiency of a worker. But robots never get tired. Not only that, but they never have bad days, never get mad at their co-workers or bosses, never have to leave work early, never take vacations. In fact, some robots can even work overnight without any oversight.
All of this means that their work will get finished faster and more efficiently than that done by a typical human worker.
Improved Employee Happiness
To be fair, the overall employee mood of a workplace can reflect both the positive and negative effects of robots on the workplace. Generally, how workers feel after robots are introduced in their workplace will depend on how the employer chooses to incorporate robots into the business. If you lay off tons of workers because their jobs have become automated, the remaining employees aren't likely to be happy and they're likely to feel unmotivated as they worry that they could be replaced at any time. In fact, this could be considered one of the greatest dangers of robots in the workplace – leaving your employees feeling unappreciated.
On the other hand, if you incorporate robots into your company in a way that simply assists your current workforce, worker happiness can skyrocket. That's because employees can be freed from doing menial, tedious and dangerous tasks that they did not enjoy doing. Instead, they can focus on other tasks that are more mentally stimulating. In fact, your employees may even slowly shift into more skilled positions, which could increase their earning potential in the future – especially if their new jobs involve monitoring, building or repairing robots.