Technology at Work submerged 41 percent of the workforce

62 percent believe that technology destroys jobs, 41 percent of employees Austrians feel overwhelmed by the technological development in the workplace. This emerges from a study presented Tuesday.

Although 85 percent of respondents enjoy working with technical equipment, my 62 percent that jobs are destroyed by technology. Interested but ambivalent behavior “Man is fundamentally interested in technology, it is an ambivalent behavior,” said study author Peter Hajek of pollster Public Opinion Strategies.

On behalf of Ricoh 1,000 work or training Austrians 16-60 years were interviewed online in October 2015th The technology is seen by 77 percent of respondents as a relief in everyday life at the office, but reinforces this. In addition, 57 percent of respondents to the pressure of work and time 71 percent of young people aged 16-29 years and 68 percent of 40-60 years, needs to be interested in technology, and 85 percent work very or somewhat satisfied with the technical equipment.

However, 50 percent of Austrian professionals also have fears related to technological development. “This polarization phenomenon, there were 30 years ago,” confirmed Professor Christian Korunka, head of the department of work and organizational psychology at the University of Vienna. “For decades, we see an acceleration in the world of work. Technology is the driving force behind this acceleration process.” This may well go too fast and thus ensure uncertainty, so the scientists.

Expected enrollment

To fight against this uncertainty, is 77 percent expect an effective employers in new equipment in the office. “We do not like to be left alone with the technology,” said Hajek said. Help make Austrian workers, especially in personal contact, preferably with colleagues or co-workers or in the private sphere. Manufacturer Permanences are a solution only 1 percent of respondents.

Michael Raberger, CEO of Ricoh, sees the figures a “clear work order for Ricoh and other companies,” especially in the direction of personalized training.

“Technology should not be used as an end in itself,” says Raberger, but as a “companion”. Training should cover the existing work processes and integrate the functions of the devices in the specific work steps. Also individual education textbooks are a good approach.