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Mission

Optimized Workforce is a collection of “citizen analysts” – researchers and domain experts who dedicate large chunks of their spare time to tackling a question that affects nearly everyone: How will the U.S. workforce change in the face of exceptional technology advancements (particularly AI) and rapidly shifting demographics?

 

Employers and workers both need to plan for this change – to capitalize on opportunity and avoid irrelevancy as the economy evolves. Technologists should understand this change to better position their products and bring innovations to the workforce that people actually need. Policy makers need to understand the effects of this change to provide the most effective social support structures for citizens.

 

Optimized Workforce was founded when several members tried to find unbiased, statistically sound data to address these issues – and instead came away with hundreds of news stories offering, at best, “expert opinion” and, at worst, wild speculation. We conduct our own research and do not presuppose that AI in the workforce is a coming apocalypse nor that it will be a social or economic panacea. Our supposition is simpler: Technology and AI will change the workforce, and the best way to learn how (and prepare) is through data collected directly from workers.

 

What Businesses Need to Learn

  • How much will my industry be affected by workforce change? How quickly? Where are my opportunities and risks?
  • Is my workforce prepared to evolve with this change? What skills do they need, and which skills transfer from old economy jobs to new economy jobs? What percentage of my workers can be retrained?

What Technologists Need to Learn

  • Where can AI and other technologies best improve business processes?
  • Which industry sectors and job roles have the most room for improvement?
  •  Where can AI unlock professional creativity that today is hindered by poor business processes
  • Which sectors are adopting AI technology the fastest and where do they plan to invest next?

What Policy Makers Need to Learn

  • Where can AI and other technologies best improve business processes?
  • Which industry sectors and job roles have the most room for improvement?
  • Where can AI unlock professional creativity that today is hindered by poor business processes
  • Which sectors are adopting AI technology the fastest and where do they plan to invest next?
  • Is the U.S. economy at risk – as a whole or in part?
  • Which sectors face the greatest change?
  • Will we face a rise in unemployment or perhaps a labor shortage?
  • How long might the implications last?
  • How does AI in the workplace affect different generations of workers?
  • Will certain demographics (gender, generations, racial backgrounds, etc.) adapt to AI in the workforce better than others?

Top Five AI Technologies Deployed, Measured by Total US Workforce Penetration (% of Workers)

How US Workers Spend Their Time (% of Hours per Week)

  • Client Interaction
  • Coworker Interaction
  • Administrative Duties
  • Analyzing Data
  • Data Entry or Upkeep
  • All Other Activities