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ERE Conference’s Final Day: Yes, the Robots Are Coming to a Workplace Near You
Posted By John Hollon On April 18, 2013 @ 12:54 pm In Advice and How-Tos | 1 Comment
Remember when the talk was about the great future that was available for people working in plastics ?
Fast forward about 45 years, and now the discussion is about the huge changes coming to the workplace because of another trendy and cutting edge concept — robotics.
Attorney Garry Mathiason , chairman of the board of mega law firm Littler Mendelson, kicked off Day 2 of the Spring 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo  in San Diego talking about Advanced Workplace Robots and Implications for Recruitment Strategies . While I admit that the title doesn’t sound like something you want to sit though early in the morning on the last day of a conference, Mathiason quickly said a few things that really got my attention.
Here’s one: “By 2025, robots will have taken over half of the jobs in the U.S.”
And here’s another: “Robots will change every known profession in the next 12 years. Robotics is the next Internet.”
What? Robots? Taking over American jobs? It’s too early in the morning to digest this!
Mathiason woke me up with this presentation, and should you question its relevance at a recruiting conference (as I did when first reading the title), here are some of the relevant points:
Why robots? Well, they help to bridge the skill shortage we keep hearing about, and, they reduce errors and mistakes to zero. Hard to beat that. In fact, China says they are now moving away from unsustainable low-cost labor (this has been fueling their economy and 8 percent GDP growth) and will start using more robots instead.
Sobering stuff, and something you need to focus on if you recruit, hire, or manage talent.
I wish Mathiason had shared his presentation slides with everyone on the Spring 2013 ERE Expo website, but he didn’t. You can, however, watch this segment from CBS’ 60 Minutes  that he excerpted in his talk and that provides a lot of the background and statistics on how robots are soon coming to a workplace near you — if they haven’t already.
Of course, there were a lot more great sessions at the Spring 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo ,and I took in as many as I could, including:
There were other presentations I wish I had gotten to like the one on Integrating Mobile Into Your Overall Recruitment Approach,  by Antoine Jenkins  of Walmart – but that’s what conferences are all about: getting what you can, and, regretting that you can’t get it all. Maybe next year, at the Spring 2014 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo in San Diego or the one this September 16-18 in Chicago, I’ll do a better job of taking them all in.
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URLs in this post:
 plastics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSxihhBzCjk
 Garry Mathiason: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6424/
 Spring 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/
 Advanced Workplace Robots and Implications for Recruitment Strategies: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/agenda/session-descriptions/#session-745
 watch this segment from CBS’ 60 Minutes: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50138922n
 The Consultative Recruitment Department: Transitioning Your Team to a New Recruitment Model: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/768/
 Kim Warne,: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/44/
 Kristen McKenna: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6407/
 Christi Goodwin: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6041/
 Qualcomm’s Corporate Integration Program for Warrior Veterans: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/agenda/session-descriptions/#session-752
 Navy Cmdr. George Byrd: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6043/
 Ed Hidalgo: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6045/
 Gerry Borja: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6044/
 Brenan German: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/1178/
 Tanner Horsley: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/7073/
 Peter DeVries: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6037/
 Francois Scholtz: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6040/
 Integrating Mobile Into Your Overall Recruitment Approach,: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013spring/speakers/6398/
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