Eighty-three percent of employers responding to a recent McKinsey survey said their organizations will hire more people for health and safety roles as offices reopen. This included roles in “on-site distancing/sanitizing” and “workforce safety and health,” according to the results, released Sept. 23.
The McKinsey report lines up with the findings of a recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which found that employers have increased automation in part due to the dire circumstances of the pandemic. Employers and researchers have expressed high hopes for the potential of artificial intelligence, with a February study from The Everest Group highlighting that A.I. could be more widespread without significantly impacting employee headcount.