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Girl playing with robot.
Amidst the hype and fear-mongering over automation in the workplace, insightful business leaders are realizing something important: strategic digital upskilling can turn the robotic boogeyman into a workforce asset. With the right training and development, automation can help workers achieve more and engage more. As we stand on the brink of a new decade, automation-supported workforces promise to help us reach new heights of productivity and profitability. Workforce automation has been on the horizon for years. You’ve heard the projections: Robots will make humans obsolete. Workforces will be decimated by new technology. Millions will lose their jobs. As we step into 2020, you may be wondering if this is the decade when the takeover happens.
Man working with manufacturing machinery.
For decades, the word on the factory floor has been that robots would replace manufacturing workers any day now. That day, if it ever comes, is still far in the future. In the meantime, manufacturing still needs people to do what robots can’t do, or can’t do well.  For leaders in the manufacturing industry, the knowledge that they need employees is offset by the awareness that finding those people isn’t easy. A survey by SCORE  found that 89% of manufacturers struggle to fill open positions, exacerbated by an ever-present skills gap that some expect to cost the U.S. up to $2.5 trillion over the next 10 years across all industries.

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