People just do not like change. And when leadership wants to introduce a new tool, software, or idea to help improve the workflow—not every employee will be jumping for joy.
Here are five tips you can follow to help drive adoption of new technology and processes with your employees:
Call A Meeting
Call a meeting to introduce the new technology to the team. Focus on conveying the problem that implementing the new tech solves; the real value, rather than just being implemented for the fun of it. This makes it easy to explain what is going on, ask for feedback, and make sure everyone is on the same page moving forward.
Give A Demo
Provide a demo of how the technology works. Whenever possible, have them go through it with you to work through any issues with them in real-time.
Talk About The Benefits For Them
Talk up the benefits to the employee of using the technology rather than the cost and time-saving aspect, which appeals more to owners. For example, if you add a digital timesheet application, the employee’s biggest benefit is not more accurate timesheets; it’s getting paid correctly and on time. Rather than let your employees believe that the new technology will drag them down, prove that it will actually make their life easier.
Get Input Before
Ask for input from your employees, and use it as a way to squash any fears they may have openly and honestly. For example, see if they have any ideas on what will work best from an implementation point of view. When you include your employees in the process, they are much more likely to get on board with the technology.
Ask For Honest Feedback
Ask for feedback after your employees have used the technology for a period of time, and consider implementing it. During this time, you will want to see what is and isn’t working for your employees. While you hope that everything is going as planned, you never know what you will hear.
Although it can be a challenge to get employees on board with new technology, you can take some basic steps to get them in the right frame of mind. It will take some time for new technology to become second nature to your workers. This is why you should regularly ask for feedback and look for ways to make positive changes.