Research workers use AI to improve work efficiency but worry about being replaced by AI

A new study from Microsoft (MSFT-US) and LinkedIn shows that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace has reached an all-time high, with employees using it to get ahead of busy schedules, but there is a risk that their work will be affected by this emerging technology. Concerns of replacement remain.

A new study from Microsoft (MSFT-US) and LinkedIn shows that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace has reached an all-time high. Employees use it to get ahead of busy schedules but are worried that their jobs may be replaced by this emerging technology. still exists.
Microsoft and LinkedIn released their annual Job Trends Index on Wednesday (8th). The index surveyed 31,000 people in 31 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India, Singapore, Australia and Brazil to study the impact of AI on the labor market.
Research has found that even though 75% of employees use AI in the workplace, more than half of respondents are reluctant to admit that they use AI for their most important tasks.
That’s because 53% of people who use AI at work to complete their most important tasks worry that it will make them appear replaceable by AI.
Additionally, nearly half of professionals are concerned that AI will replace their jobs and would consider quitting their current position in the next year.
WorkLab co-founder Colette Stallbaumer, general manager of Microsoft Copilot, noted that employees need to overcome their fears and start embracing AI: “The more you can learn as an employee, the better your life will be.
\”I think people have to get over their fear a little bit and become optimistic and learn and grow and take the opportunity to learn these skills because all the data proves that it will equip them with more skills whether they\’re in a company today or they want to change jobs or get hired,\” he said.
\”Research shows that the recruitment of AI technical talents has surged by 323% in the past eight years.
But employees with non-technical backgrounds who know how to use AI tools like ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot are also in high demand.
Research shows that 66% of leaders would not hire someone without AI skills and 71% of leaders would rather hire someone with less experience but with AI skills than someone with more experience but no AI skills.
While bosses value AI knowledge in the workplace they are not taking an active approach to developing employees’ skills.
Nearly half of U.S. executives are not currently investing in AI tools or products for their employees Just over a quarter of companies plan to offer generative AI training this year.
Meanwhile, only 39% of people globally who use AI at work have received AI training from their employer.
“What’s interesting about this data is that employees feel they already understand the applications of AI but companies don’t quite understand it yet,” said Aneesh Raman, vice president and workforce expert at LinkedIn.
\”The bottom line is that if you\’re a company you\’re either lagging or leading. It\’s not static so you should have conversations about how you think about AI and how it\’s going to grow your business.\”
” Despite concerns, employees are aware of the advantages offered by AI tools and are using it to advance their careers.
More than three-quarters of professionals say they need AI skills to remain competitive in the job market which will open them up to more employment opportunities.
Less than 70% said it would help them advance faster.
\”I think the key for everyone is that for most of us our jobs are going to change. New job categories are going to emerge and what people can do to deal with that anxiety is to think about skills first,\” Raman explained.
\”Microsoft CEO Nadella has this to say: \’This is an era of learning everything rather than knowing everything.\’
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