machines replacing workers
By EMily ram, senior writer
I hope you weren’t thinking that you could easily get a job at McDonalds in the next 5 years. It seems that McDonald's is planning on replacing some workers with machines due to decreasing profit and new advanced technological development. Earlier in the year, employees protested for higher wages for their jobs.The protests they’ve had were taken to consideration ,but not in the way the employees expected.
Machines seem like they are on their way to replace workers. Companies began to experiment with new technology that could easily reduce employee rate. This company called Momentum Machines already had a head start on robots to replace cooks. Quoted, they are doing this for the benefit that "An average quick service restaurant spends $135k every year on labor for the production of hamburgers. Not only does our machine eliminate nearly all of that cost, it also obviates the associated management headaches." (forbes.com). McDonald’s quarterly profits also fell down 30 percent.Companies started to agree on the fact technologicals changes made them better off for the fact they won't have to pay workers so much on average.
Next year,McDonald's would like to introduce touch screens to make it easier for customers to order food. Recently, McDonald's has been playing with a "build-your-own-burger” concept that will hopefully increase the options of the type of burger they receive, rather than the options on their stale menu. McDonald's took into account that customers wanted their burger to be filled with "only locally relevant ingredients".(slate.com). "They also want to enjoy eating in a contemporary, inviting atmosphere. And they want choices in how they order, choices in what they order and how they’re served.” (CEO Don Thompson).
It seems as if McDonald’s in on abroad with the idea of technological development to use in the next few years; but what does this mean to workers? Obviously, they are cutting down on human labor. It doesn't seem as if they are abandoning all of customer service, but it will become less as the machines comes in. A study shows that McDonald's may have 14,350 restaurants in the United States. In these thousands of restaurants,there are about 150,000 employees around the US. With the chance that machines might start replacing workers, that sends the employee rate down by about 20%-30%, which leaves around 105,000 employees; the machines eliminates approximately 45,000 employees across the US. Alongside with this fact, as of March 2015, the US has an unemployment rate of 5.5%. New York State has an employment rate of 5.8%. When machines possibly start replacing the workers, the employment rate might raise due to the fact thousands of employees might become unemployed.
What do you think about McDonald’s replacing workers with machines?