CBC Radio recently posted an article about robots in the workplace, and it made me ponder my perception of robotics a little bit. They are not necessarily the andriod-like creatures of boundary-pushing science (and science fiction ?), nor an invasive replacement for human jobs. They are a tool. A tool to help us do our jobs better, faster and with less risk. And, like so many tools, they can be leased.
So, I thought I would share a couple of the upsides of leasing a robot.
For example, the robot is a one-time expense you can lease over time. Whereas an employee is paid every year, hopefully with periodic increases. Also, a leased robot does not require employer contributions for CPP, etc. Please do not get me wrong. I don’t want to see robots taking away jobs but as the article clearly states… “they’re not all coming for our jobs”.
Perhaps think about leasing this way…. you wouldn’t pay your receptionist 3 years in advance, would you? It’s the same for equipment that works for you. You pay as it performs.