Technology is in constant motion so it’s not always easy to keep up with. It seems like new tools are always surfacing to help us save time and improve productivity. With the speed of change in technology, it’s understandable that not all users are at the same comfort level when it comes to using it all. If your company decides to invest in applications or devices to improve productivity and communication, you’ll want to ensure a successful transition for all team members from the old way to the new way.
Here are three ways to help your employees embrace new technology:
Technology is Always Moving
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Technology can do so much to make our lives easier but undergoing the process of learning it can still be daunting to some. To ensure team members are bought in, help them understand the decision to implement new technology. Identify the limitations or problems in the current processes. Help them see how technology could solve those problems and make their job run smoother. Fear is normal in the face of change but we can’t let fear stop us from making a good decision. Ultimately, technology will make their job easier and allow them to be more productive, but employees may need help to see past any perceived short-term pain to the long-term vision.
There are always people who readily accept new technology. These are your champions! They can help convince reluctant co-workers where no one else can. Get power-users engaged and see if they have ideas on how to promote the new technology to the rest of their team. Have them be available for questions and training to those who are slower to adopt. Some employees may not be convinced of the benefits of technology until they see someone else do it. Simply seeing others have success in learning and using technology may be what they need to sway them to give it a try. Encourage everyone to work together to make a positive change so that no one is left behind.
Training is critical to the adoption of technology. You must ensure that team members of all levels of technologic know-how have the access they need to learn at their own speed. They should feel at ease asking questions and have on-going support available. Training can be looked at as a two-step process: you need training from external sources (the software manufacturer, for instance) and then you need a core group of internal employees who are comfortable in the new system and can help others if needed. Let employees know that they may make some mistakes and that’s not only okay, but a normal part of learning new technology.
To ensure you fully realize the financial value of the technology you invest in, you must make sure the whole team participates in using it. If everyone is not fully using systems, the gaps in communication will remain and the effectiveness of implementing technology will be reduced. The key to successful implementation is creating a supportive environment with plenty of communication to make everyone feel included. Patience, persistence and support will help ensure your whole staff is committed to making a change to improve their work environment.
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Overcoming Fear of Change in the Workplace
Many employees fear change in the workplace for a variety of reasons, including the fear of failure, the fear of the unknown, and loss in sense of control. Change causes employees to feel nervousness and resistance, however these feelings can be successfully overcome. The following 4 methods will help you and your employees overcome change in the workplace:
Help employees acknowledge the change - Forbes Magazine reports that, "Recognizing and accepting change will be the first step towards managing it. Have your employees write down their fears about the new technologies, so there concerns can be addressed.
Communication is key - Create an "open door" policy so that employees can talk to management and colleagues. If employees are able to effectively communicate with peers and management, it helps them realize that they are not alone. Gaps in communication tend to lead to negative rumors, that can increase uncertainties.
Encourage everyone to become involved in the change - This will help employees to understand the rationale behind the change and help them to eliminate fear. Encourage employees to join or establish committees to help structure and implement the changes.
Have reasonable expectations - Don't expect perfection first try and make sure your company has the capacity to not only commit but also completely adjust to these technological changes. Always encourage your employees to stay positive because with any technological transition there will be initial complications, hurdles, pain points, and out right frustration. No matter what, all dogs can be taught new tricks... well maybe.
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