Bringing new technology into an organization can do wonders for the company … increase productivity, boost sales, and just make your company all around better. But bringing new technology into an organization can also be a complicated process, as you can almost always expect resistance from some of your employees. So, what can you do to make a technology change more appealing and the transition easier? Try following these tips:
- Make sure you’re making this decision for the entire company.
It’s extremely important to remain objective and make decisions for the benefit of the entire company, not just for yourself. So ask yourself, “Will this really benefit the entire organization, and not just myself?” If you can answer that question with a yes, it’s probably safe to move forward with this new technology.
- Give everyone a fair amount of warning.
As soon as you become serious about implementing new technology into your company, warn your employees. You can’t expect your employees to be okay with something so impactful when you spring it on them at the last minute, so be transparent as soon as possible. Lay out the benefits for them and for the business as a whole. If it’s truly something that will benefit them and the company, they will support it.
- Team up with a few employees to serve as “advocates.”
To stop any negativity from spreading across the company as soon as the word is out, enlist a few people that can serve as “advocates” for this new technology. There is bound to be quite a few people that are for this company change, and they’ll be extremely helpful in making this technology transition as smooth as possible. Be sure to lay out the benefits of the new technology for them so they can easily explain them to the people who aren’t so quick to support.
- Be considerate of different types of people.
Everyone learns differently, and it’s extremely important time to remember that! It might be necessary to host different types of training sessions, or personal sessions if need be, to provide the best training possible for each type of learner.
- Make it exciting.
Not many of your employees probably want to sit through a boring training session where all they do is sit and listen, so try building some excitement and fun around having to learn an entirely new technology. Whether it’s making it humorous, more interactive, etc., adding some flare to your presentations and trainings will help your employees learn in a way that they actually enjoy and pay attention to.
- Break it down.
It’s important to let each employee know why this new technology matters, specifically to them, and how it will impact their everyday work. Although your employees care about how it will impact the company, what they probably truly care about is how it will help them … so be sure to outline that for them before they even start using it!