According to recent research they are! Working with Robots as opposed to humans can make our employees more productive and less inclined to engage in banter during their working day.
One in 10 UK workers support the use of robots to crack down on workplace gossip, according to a survey conducted by Industrial Vision Systems (IVS). The company, who supplies machine visions systems to the industry, surveyed 2,000 UK workers and found that a minority would prefer working with robots as opposed to real humans, to cut out the ‘tea room banter’. Earl Yardley, IVS Director, says that this survey provides concrete evidence that, although some people opted for the inclusion of robots at work, UK employees should not fear that they will be replaced by future technology. He says that employees should welcome the idea of robots joining work teams. “Working with a robot rather than a human will reduce talking amongst staff, but this should increase productivity, rather than hinder it, across the UK.