Ongoing survey: The future of work

May 13, 2019
MIT Technology Review Insights is surveying Global Panel members on technology, skills, and the future workforce. Here are some early results.

How will AI affect the way we work? A live, cross-sector survey to the members of the MIT Technology Review Global Panel seeks to understand just that. Below are the early results from 230 respondents mostly based in North America (50%), Europe (27%), and Asia (16%).

In the last 12 months, have you seen any job roles lost to technology/automation in your organization?

No
Yes <5%
Yes 5 to 10%
Yes > 10%
NOTES: % of respondents.

In the last 12 months, have you seen job roles changing and being augmented by technology in your organization?

No
Yes <5%
Yes 5 to 10%
Yes > 10%
NOTES: % of respondents.

Does your company have a centralized strategy or plan that examines the impact of technology on work?

Yes
No
We are developing one
NOTES: % of respondents.

Who in your organization is leading the efforts to redefine work and look at the impact of technology on people?

CEO
HR
Head of strategy
CTO
Other
NOTES: % of respondents.

What direction do you see your organization’s headcount moving in, overall?

Stable
Increasing
Decreasing
NOTES: % of respondents.

What do you see as the greatest challenges that increased automation and AI in the workplace will introduce? (Top three.)

Workers will need new skills
Workers will have to change jobs
Workplaces will have to change
Automation and AI could worsen wage stagnation
Companies have to consider the ethical implications of AI
Education systems will have to evolve
Other
NOTES: % of respondents.

What initiatives is your company undertaking to prepare for the future of work? (Top three.)

Adopting AI into task-oriented processes
Diversity and inclusion training
Job retraining and reskilling
Changing hiring practices
Other
NOTES: % of respondents.

What skills will your organization need most as it prepares for the future of work? (Top three.)

Digital skills
Emotional intelligence and higher cognitive skills
Creativity
Adaptability
Leadership and managerial skills
Critical thinking
Complex problem solving
Interdisciplinary knowledge
STEM
Physical and manual skills
Other
NOTES: % of respondents.

Results are up-to-date as of May 13, 2019.