74% of Indian workers feel concerned AI will steal their jobs, Microsoft survey finds

Priya Walia

Artificial Intelligence

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According to a report released on Thursday, 83 percent of Indian employees are willing to delegate a significant portion of their workload to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to mitigate any potential job loss threats posed by the technology. Additionally, the report found that 74 percent of Indian workers remain concerned about the possibility of AI ultimately replacing their jobs.

In addition, the survey showed that over three in four Indian employees would be comfortable utilizing AI not only for administrative tasks (86%) but also for analytical work (88%) and even creative aspects of their roles (87%). The findings were part of Microsoft’s ‘Work Trend Index 2023 Report’.

A high percentage of creative professionals possessing considerable knowledge of AI express a willingness to utilize AI in various creative aspects of their work. Conversely, managers in India hold a perspective that AI would contribute to workplace productivity rather than reducing the workforce, identifying it as having 1.6 times more potential for value addition.

“The data showed that AI is poised to create a whole new way of working and organisations that move first to embrace AI will break the cycle, increasing creativity and productivity for everyone,” the report states in part.

According to the report, around 90 percent of Indian leaders have stated that their newly-hired employees will require additional skill sets in preparation for the expected advancements in AI technology. The report further revealed that approximately 78 percent of Indian workers currently feel they do not possess the relevant abilities to fulfill their job duties effectively.

Moreover, the survey highlighted that almost 76 percent of Indian workers believe they lack sufficient time and energy to complete their work, and these individuals are 3.1 times more likely to experience difficulties in being innovative. It has also been noted that more than three out of four Indian leaders express concerns about insufficient levels of innovation.

Via Microsoft