Video Work Instructions provide easy fix for workers transitioning jobs because of automation .
by Desiree Schnoor
The current U.S. unemployment rate is only around 4%, and President Trump reports millions of jobs created within the last few years. But, with the ever-increasing advances in technology and automation, is there real danger of robots stealing our jobs? Will automation eventually take over for everyone? As technology advances, there is no question that machines can out-produce humans, and companies who don’t implement automated processes won’t be able to compete with companies that do.
Consequently, by 2026, nearly 1 million Americans will see their occupations vanish entirely and will have to gain new skills to meet the changing demands of the workplace. A recent report shows that even though some people will be transitioned easily to new occupations, ultimately, about one third of all employees will need to be trained for new positions. That translates to 375 million people re-trained for work in new occupational categories. This same report says that governments would need to have some type of infrastructure in place to offer financial support to workers transitioning from one occupation to another.
That sounds weighty, complicated and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. A quality engineering company called Virtual QE offers a unique way their Video Work Instructions can retain jobs and easily train workers for new ones- a revolutionary answer to the automation dilemma.
This is how Virtual QE sees it; as more and more machines and processes become automated, there will need to be revisions and repairs- repairs that will need to be completed by people. In the past, only those who had training in electronics and software would have the knowledge to repair complex machines, but Video Work Instructions can quickly and easily cross-train, say, cashiers to fix kiosks, for example. Instead of using countless hours and dollars on traditionally training employees to move from one occupation to another, Video Work Instructions make the jump from cashier to kiosk repair person easy.
Video Work Instructions are video training tutorials showing a first-person view of an expert performing tasks, giving employers increased flexibility to train any employee to do any task, quickly and competently.
What if your workforce could eliminate anyone being untrained, unskilled and unqualified to do any task, overnight? With Video Work Instructions, you can.
Watch out, robots.
Desiree Schnoor holds degrees in psychology and public health. Her interests lie broadly in health and well being. She spends the majority of her efforts and love on her husband and four children. She has used her communication skills in health education and promotion for a large wellness corporation, as well as starting a women's mentoring program. She is utilizing her skill set at Virtual QE to convey the "quality of life" aspects of quality engineering.