Technology has impacted the workplace in more ways than one. Meetings can be done from different sides of the globe, social media is used to advertise, and communication is more efficient. Even with these positive changes, it can be hard to get all staff on board. Here are some ways to help employees adapt to technological advancements.
When bringing new technology into your workplace, train employees before the processes are implemented. The best way to introduce this is to hold short, impactful training sessions.
Train team managers first as they will need to know more than other employees. Training a few employees at a time will create a more comfortable atmosphere, as they will be able to ask more questions.
Give employees a step by step guide by introducing them to the technology. Allowing them to try it out will give them the kick start needed to adapt to the new technological processes. Organise this for a few months before it is implemented, highlight the benefits this will bring to the business and tell employees they can ask questions at anytime.
2. Introduce New Recruits to the Technology
When a new hire starts, talk them through all the modern technology used in your company. Starting a new job can be daunting enough, without them being thrown into modern technology with no introduction. Ask a manager to sit with them as they try out technology used in the workplace as they can ask questions there and then to avoid any future confusion.
3. Be Considerate
Training employees on new technology may take focus away from their work tasks. To avoid this from happening, tell everyone that technology training will be on a set day with an allocated time slot. Reinforce that you expect all working tasks to be completed at the normal standard and on time.
Tell employees that if they are feeling snowed under, to voice their concerns to you or their management. Staff will appreciate the support, making them feel more comfortable with the latest changes.
Set realistic time goals in terms of employees adapting to the changes, they are not going to be advanced from the word go, it will take time. Be open to any feedback, questions and thoughts.
4. Review Results Regularly
A successful transition requires regular reviews of the technology and how effective it is. Set goals on how you expect it to enhance the business and check that these goals are being met. Measuring results will show any value the technology is bringing. Review employee usage, check who is having difficulty and why this is.
No matter what, you will always have team members who try and steer clear of any changes. These tips will help your employees embrace modern technology and use it to enhance, not hinder their work. Make sure to give yourself time to adapt as well, as taking a positive approach will make the transition smoother and help make your everyday processes more efficient.
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