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Robots Won’t Solve Our Labour Shortage

Ongoing labour shortages continue to frustrate growth in virtually every economic sector. Countries across the developed world are clamoring for solutions, with many pointing to robots and automation as the future of work. In reality, human workers are far more flexible and capable of filling our immediate labour needs than their robotic counterparts.

The ongoing pandemic has illustrated that many existing labour shortages simply cannot be remedied by adding more robots to the workforce. Countries recruiting foreign workers and upskilling their existing workforce, on the other hand, are faring well.

Robots won’t solve our global labour shortage, but qualified migrant labourers are ready and willing to help those companies desperately looking for workers right now.

A Call For Workers:

It was only a few years ago that foreboding headlines warned that robots would be coming to take the jobs of hardworking professionals. Automation angst persists even in nations like Germany, where there’s a rising acceptance of robots in the workforce. Still, these clever robots simply cannot solve the labour shortage that’s haunting the global economy and many EU nations.

Germany is now calling for up to 400,000 skilled migrant labourers every year, an indication that automation isn’t sufficient by itself to resolve labour shortage woes. It should be clear for all to see that robotic efficiency must be coupled with talented human capital in order to staff the many vacant positions that businesses desperately want filled.

“Countries recruiting foreign workers will find that migrants are flexible enough to accept new training,” notes Joblio CEO Jon Purizhansky. “Unlike retooling machine parts, which can be expensive and time-consuming, migrants can quickly learn new skills to fill vacant roles.”

Automation and robotics can deliver tremendous commercial value, but the truth of the matter is they’re almost always over-sensationalized. Many sensational headlines argue that machines will “do half of all work tasks” within just a few short years, a claim so vague as to be nearly worthless to business owners devising long-term commercial plans.

While automation can deliver commercial gains, it’s actually talented human workers who are the most crucial element of the modern economy. Supply chain failures that often resulted from crippling labour shortages in essential industries during the pandemic illustrates this principle clearly.

Many workers who were derided in the recent past as fulfilling unimportant roles that would soon be automated actually proved to be essential workers whose daily labour kept society running during a crisis. Still, worker shortages continue to plague advanced economies.

So how should businesses respond to labour shortages that continue to frustrate their ambitions? The answer is simple — hire human workers who can help your organization grow.

Looking For Workers? Look Abroad.

Millions of migrant labourers are ready and willing to work in the countries currently facing crippling labour shortages. Whether it’s data entry work, harvesting, or front-facing customer service, talented migrants can manage a multitude of important tasks. Unlike robots, which can be costly to retool and generate serious unease with some shoppers, human workers also breathe life into a commercial organization.

“Robots have their place, but migrants are incredibly flexible and can easily be trained to manage any number of commercial responsibilities,” notes Joblio CEO Jon Purizhansky. “The continued call for millions of migrant labourers illustrates that the robots can’t solve our economic problems by themselves.”

By streamlining the migration process, companies around the world looking for workers can tap into a nearly limitless supply of talented human capital. Thanks to platforms like Joblio, which comprehensively vet migrants and make it easy for employers to find talented workers, it will be wiser to invest in humans when it comes to determining the future of the workforce.

Templates For Commercial Success:

Many savvy business owners recognize the inherent value of talented migrant labour but don’t know how to recruit the best foreign workers. Reviewing key templates for commercial success is a great place to start.

Coronavirus-induced lockdowns across India led many aspiring workers to upskill themselves with online learning, for instance. With millions of migrants being severely impacted by the economic impact of the pandemic, efforts to upskill them and use their talent to solve labour shortages should be redoubled.

Researchers have previously discovered that “migrant labour has sustained and extended flexible labour market structures.” Companies looking for workers will find that this inexhaustible supply of human talent will prepare them for any future changes to the workforce that market conditions of tomorrow demand.

“With the Joblio platform, we can make it easier and more affordable than ever before to solve labour shortages the moment they arise,” claims Jon Purizhansky. “By making it easier for migrants to navigate the immigration and assimilation process, companies everywhere can turn huge profits by cultivating an exceptional workforce.”

Ready to reshape the future of work? Robots and automation have proven lackluster, non-cost effective, and inflexible compared to talented human workers. Follow us at the Joblio blog for more simple solutions to help companies looking for workers.

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