By Ann Corcoran, May 21, 2020
COVID-19 is pushing companies to move faster toward automation, especially toward enterprise automation notes a report by Forrester, the marketing research company.
If so, what does that mean for the masses of refugees and other immigrants waiting to find a spot on the chicken or pork processing line in America?
Frankly, it spells doom, and our great minds in Washington had better be working on a plan for managing the millions admitted to the U.S. each year as cheap, expendable labor.
Leslie Joseph, the author of the Forrester report notes, “As companies have recovered their revenues and reopened their supply chains, they have increasingly invested not on rehiring the workforce but on automation and on reducing their dependence on manpower.”
A Forbes tech writer is also raising awareness to the looming changes: “Forrester notes that many companies are set to invest more in automation than in rehiring in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, corroborating earlier reports that had claimed many businesses were already planning to accelerate their automation strategies.”
The news comes as business leaders ponder how they can resume working amid lockdowns and social distancing protocols. And while many will take the news as confirmation of their worst automation-themed fears, Forrester’s report urges companies, who haven’t already done so, to ramp up their automation plans. Indeed, Forrester holds that automation may become key to surviving a coronavirus recession, at least as far as businesses are concerned.
Let’s hope some of those great minds in Washington are thinking ahead, but don’t hold your breath!
Ann Corcoran has a graduate degree from Yale University.