A survey of 1,000 employees found that nearly a fifth would be happy for an automated robot to replace their current boss.
The survey, conducted by Business Name Generator, found that the main reason for this preference was a lack of appreciation and empathy shown by human managers.
Other reasons included favoritism, unclear expectations, disorganization, and micromanagement.
Around 20% of workers in the UK and the US believe that a robot would do a better job in their position, with a third believing that they will soon take over the workplace anyway.
The most commonly cited reasons for preferring an AI manager over a human were the perceived elimination of favoritism and discrimination, as well as AI’s superiority in making unbiased decisions and creating a fairer environment.
In the UK, 30% of workers in arts and culture would welcome an AI boss, followed by HR (23%) and manufacturing and utility (19%).
The survey also found that younger workers were more likely to prefer an AI boss than older workers.
The findings suggest that there is a growing appetite for AI in the workplace and that employees are increasingly willing to trust robots with their jobs.
However, it is important to note that the survey was conducted online, and the results may not be representative of the wider workforce.
It is also worth noting that AI is still in its early stages of development, and it is not yet clear whether robots will be able to fully replace human managers.
Nevertheless, the findings of the survey suggest that AI is a technology that is worth keeping an eye on, as it could have a significant impact on the workplace in the years to come.