Automation has replaced many low skilled and unskilled jobs previously undertaken by people. Repetitive jobs such as factory production workers and supermarket checkout cashiers are particularly amenable to automation. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have led to predictions that automation could replace up to 40% of current jobs in the next 15 years. However, there is concern for the increased use of AI effect on staff mental well-being at workplace, in creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows an employee to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and their organisation. In an AI and technology increased society, staff mental well-being is often being neglected as a result of less face-to-face interaction and arguably less sense of community.
The research will be focusing on qualitative methods. The aim of this project is to explore the impact of technological displacement on the workplace and different working mode (e.g. remote working), and its associate impact on the staff mental well-being. It will examine how society and future of work can proactively plan for the employees and workforce to facilitate this transformation.
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A masters level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, but not essential, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area. Further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students will be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, UK visa requirements and procedures.
How to Apply
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