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Robots in Workplace Contribute to Burnout, Job Insecurity


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People fear that a workplace with robots is a workplace without humans.

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Working alongside robots may contribute to job burnout and workplace incivility, but self-affirmation techniques could help alleviate fears about being replaced by these machines, according to research published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Researchers found that workers in the United States and parts of Asia feel job insecurity from robots, even in industries where robots aren't being used. "It doesn't look like robots are taking over that many jobs yet, at least not in the United States, so a lot of these fears are rather subjective," says lead researcher Kai Chi Yam, an associate professor of management at the National University of Singapore.

"Most people are overestimating the capabilities of robots and underestimating their own capabilities," Yam says.

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