There are people that are convinced that robots are out to take their jobs. Well, Hollywood has people convinced they are out to take over the world. However, this could not be further from the truth on the ground.
Anyone that has worked with robots will tell you that they bring more pros than cons in the workplace. They not only help to raise a company’s standards and image but also help the human workforce therein.
How the Workplace Gains from Having Robots
If your employees are apprehensive about your plans to introduce robots in the workplace, share with them these benefits.
They Enhance Safety
There are many tasks on the production floor that could cause serious injuries to humans. If your workers are engaged in tasks such as lugging large and heavy objects, they risk injuring their muscles, discs, and vertebrae.
They may also be uncomfortable walking into very hot or freezing conditions or handling sharp objects. Machines can handle all these work situations comfortably. This would greatly boost safety in the workplace and the workers can move on to safer tasks.
Humans have limitations that robots do not have. You will get tired after working for some time and may need constant breaks. They do not attend meetings or training workshops or get bored. Robots do not have the same weakness as humans.
They can work nonstop for as long as it takes to get the tasks done.
One benefit of robotic machine tending, for instance, is the exceedingly improved uptime. Manual loading and unloading cannot compare. Therefore, they help to speed up production and also keep workers from overworking themselves.
They Are Consistent
A robot will not get distracted and place a part in the wrong place or drop it. It works consistently. They will not be called away on an emergency or have underlying issues causing them to be inattentive at work.
All you have to do is ensure they are serviced as often as needed. They work consistently and make no errors.
They Work with Precision
This results in perfect delivery every single time. Products are uniform; hence, you will not have customers complaining and returning them. They are programmed for precise and repetitive actions.
They Boost Employee Morale
Robots take up tasks that humans find tedious and monotonous. You walk into your workplace already exhausted at the thought of a day of loading and unloading. Then you are told you are being reassigned. That will immediately lift your spirits.
Jobs such as lifting and moving heavy objects do not inspire passion in anyone. Having a machine take over will have your employees excited about coming to work. They can take up training opportunities and acquire new skills.
Robots simply change the jobs that are being performed and get humans moving to other jobs. They may even elevate you to a supervisory role as they must be supervised. The more robots a facility employs, the more workers will be needed to design and build them.
Workers can be trained to work with the robots thereby equipping them with additional skills. This also helps to raise the morale and enthusiasm for their work.
As mentioned earlier, robots mostly take over dangerous and mundane repetitive tasks. Even in a medical situation where a robot performs and operation, there must be a qualified surgeon to supervise and guide.
Robots start a process but may not finish it. A human being is needed to do the final touches. Your workers can take over sales and customer care roles. They can also help with branding and marketing your product.
Robotics in the workplace is a sure thing. In a few years, people will be hobnobbing with robots in the office. This may or may not include the occasional high five, but it will include rubbing shoulders with them.
It will not mean people losing their jobs. In fact, robots will help to improve the workplace to the delight of the workers as well as owners of businesses.