Pew Study: Americans Don’t Want to Apply for Jobs Where an Algorithm Determines Who to Hire

Pew Study: Americans Don’t Want to Apply for Jobs Where an Algorithm Determines Who to Hire

According to a recent Pew study, most Americans expect that an increase in automation will have a considerable impact on their lives during the coming decade. But instead of feeling excited about the rise of driverless cars and automated workers, most people feel a sense of concern. Specifically, we’re not wild about the impact that these new automated systems and machines may have on our prospects of earning a living. And we aren’t very jazzed about the idea of a job candidate selection processed based on an algorithm and requiring no human input whatsoever.

Concern and Optimism Vary

The ratio of optimism to concern varies slightly based on the specific technology in question and the purpose it’s expected to serve in society. Driverless cars, for example, are receiving a comparatively warm welcome, with 56 percent of respondents ready to embrace the possibilities and 44 percent feeling hesitant. The prospect of an automated caregiver for the elderly are not as rosy, with 59 percent of respondents saying no. And most of us (about 76 percent) would rather not apply for a job if we know that a computer program will be used to evaluate our application instead of a human being (or several).

The reasons cited for this hesitation include a lack of trust in automated decision making, blended with a respect and appreciation for the unique capabilities of trained, experienced humans.

Policy-Making and Automation

How quickly or slowly would you like to see automation ease its way into the workplace? If you’re like most respondents, you’d like to see policies that slow the advance of technology that’s designed to replace human jobs. About 85 percent of Americans who responded to the survey would like to see machines limited to performing jobs that are dangerous or unhealthy for human workers. And about 58 percent say the law should restrict the number of jobs businesses can replace with machines, even if the machines are cheaper than human workers.

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Do you agree? If so, make your voice heard and let us know. Employers are always seeking better, wiser, more efficient and more appealing ways of attracting the top candidates in the marketplace. If using an algorithm to narrow the candidate pool seems like a turnoff and you’d look elsewhere rather than apply to such a company, we’d love to hear about it. Contact the ACCENT Hiring Group to learn more, share your thoughts, and find the support you need to land your next job.

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