This lesson in humility brought to you by Fast Company contributor Ben Schiller. Lest one think that workplace automation will spare any proficiency or talent, this piece, drawn from new research from McKinsey, may put such thinking to rest.
Schiller notes that the McKinsey analysis suggests that as much as 45% of what people do in workplaces could be done today by computer-aided technologies, be they repetitive manual labor tasks or C-suite decision chains. Schiller writes:
The consultants don't find a relationship between automation potential and wage levels. Twenty percent of what CEOs do could be automated, they say, while health aides and landscapers may be completely unaffected.