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robot According to research, after an automation investment, recent hires tend to move on to new jobs “quite seamlessly,” while incumbent workers take longer to find new employment. (Photo: Shutterstock)

While automation may not create the same amount of widespread pain as mass layoffs in a downturn, some workers are more impacted than others when their companies automate processes, according to the research paper, “Automatic Reaction – What Happens To Workers At Firms That Automate?”

Researchers headed by Boston University’s James Bessen examined 2000-2016 data on Netherlands workers, and found that the probability of workers leaving their company increased when there was a spike in automation investments – but not in droves as predicted by some “alarmists.”

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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