The U.K.’s workforce is facing a unique predicament: a shortage of employees who are inclined to embrace emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI). As reported by Computer World, the data stems from Slack’s Workplace Personas Report — which surveyed over 2,000 workers in the U.K. and identified five distinct personality types in the workforce.
The report suggests that only 11% of U.K. workers are categorized as “problem solvers,” a group characterized by their openness to adopt technologies and automate tasks to save time. It’s worth noting that this percentage was found to be noticeably lower than in countries like India and Japan, where problem solvers make up 23% and 20% of the workforce, respectively.
The most common personality type in the U.K. is the “detective,” making up 34% of workers. These individuals are described as highly organized and prioritize efficiently sourcing information. According to the report “networkers,” who thrive on communication and collaboration, represent 27% of the surveyed group — showing a strong preference for building connections within the workplace.
The “road warrior” personality, which reportedly values flexibility above all other factors, accounts for 21% of the survey’s respondents. Lastly, “expressionists,” who favor informal engagement and bring a sense of fun to the workplace through emojis and GIFs, make up 7% of the U.K.’s workforce.
As AI and automation become increasingly integrated into the global workplace, the need for employees who can successfully adapt to and leverage new technologies will be important for career development and productivity. The U.K.‘s current deficit in “problem solvers” could damage its competitive edge in the global market that is increasingly embracing the new wave of AI tools.
Companies will need to invest in training and development to nurture the problem solver mindset and ensure their employees are equipped to handle the demands of an evolving technological landscape. The future of work will not only demand technical skills but also the flexibility to adapt to new ways of working that these emerging technologies will bring.