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Bosses to provide robots, drones and 'augmented reality' believe workers

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities

Bosses to provide robots, drones and 'augmented reality' believe workers Bosses to provide robots, drones and 'augmented reality' believe workers

More than half of the UK's public sector workers believe their employers will have supplied them with a number of high-tech innovations within the next 20 years.

According to new research, 70% believe that 'augmented reality' will be readily available at work over the coming decades, while 62% foresee that desk-based robots will be keeping them company during the working day.

Another 62% expect drones to be helping them out, and 56% predict that 'carrier nodes' will be chipping in.

More than half (59%) of respondents to Ricoh's survey said that establishing a tech-evolved workplace will give them better access to the information they need to do their jobs, while 55% said it will help them to complete tasks faster. Just over half (51%) agreed it would help to improve employee collaboration.

Phil Keoghan, CEO of Ricoh UK, said: "This survey has underlined not only the enthusiasm public sector workers have for workplace technologies, but also their desire to find ways to improve citizen services.

"As well as finding out what employees think their future workplace will be like, we looked into the issues that will slow the adoption process down. These include the need to better digitize business critical processes, and review how employees access information."

The research found that, apart from cost (56%) and security (46%), government regulations (43%) are perceived as the greatest hindrance to embracing new technologies. In addition more than one in four cited:

Employee resistance (33%)
Reluctance to adopt new ways of working/internal processes (27%)
Ability to connect with legacy technology systems (27%)

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