Female workers could be the most affected by automation: it’s expected worldwide that by 2020 between 40 and 160 million women will have to move towards more qualified jobs, and millions more could be displaced from their current jobs.
1. Technological training
- Due to the nature of the
jobs that men and women perform, women face greater challenges with automation.
- While not all women
will need to become programmers or the like, HR should help women to feel more comfortable
and to be proficient in using technology, even women with jobs which are not at
risk of being automated.
2. Support women’s professional career
- Employment will grow in
the sectors and industries that demand higher levels of education: HR must
begin a change of mentality by endorsing and committing to women’s learning by
offering them training to acquire new professional and personal skills.
3. Support women who work in non-automated sectors
- In order to support
women to face the automation process HR should promote their professional
development in sectors or industries which are based on soft skills.
- Women who have social-emotional
abilities, interpersonal or cognitive skills, and/or the ability to solve
problems and think critically will have a better chance of not losing their
jobs to automation, since empathy, compassion and persuasion are elements of emotional
intelligence which can’t be replicated by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
4. Support women who have decided to change their job
- When facing a job
transition, women could find a more productive and better paid job but could
also face a growing wage gap or be left out of the labor market.
5. Inclusive benefits
- HR must work to guarantee
the physical and emotional safety of female workers, as well as implementing
inclusive policies aimed at helping them with child care, providing safe
transport, granting access to technology, etc.
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