We live in a world where the words “automation” and “productivity” are often used interchangeably.
Yet, when we look at automation from a different perspective, it becomes clear that automation can actually be counterproductive to productivity. Automation is supposed to make things easier for us, but it has become increasingly difficult because of how automated everything already is. The paradoxical nature of this topic requires purposeful consideration on our end – if we want to remain productive while also embracing automation technology. The paradoxical nature of this topic requires purposeful consideration on our end – if we want to remain productive while also embracing automation technology. An article by Forbes, “Automation And Productivity: Why It’s Hard To Have Both,” paints a picture for us as follows: when one worker can produce more in the same amount of time it takes another person to do their job, productivity decreases. This is because efficiency and effectiveness are no longer necessary components for success. The author concluded that automating jobs isn’t always good for workers but might be better for company profits; there should be a balance between having high-productivity employees with low efficiency (or those who are skilled at highly technical tasks) and those who have both skillsets