More than 50% of employers aren’t well seated with the idea of introducing new technology to their employees or company. But, the truth is that it’s very needed to keep that business alive and well.
No one who ignores new technologies will stay in business for long because the world is rapidly going global. Any business that sleeps
new technology will be slept on by its customers.
Yes, there would be resistance to the new technology, problems with implementation here and there and other problems. But, here’s how to successfully introduce new technology to your company.
- Introduce it with style and simplicity
No one wants more workload to be operating tedious technology. So a good way to introduce new tech to your company is to make sure you do so in a simple and straightforward manner.
You can do this by making them familiar with the news technology on ground. Training and all of that can occur later but for now, let them know about it and how it can benefit them.
What you shouldn’t do is to just surprise them with it and then compel them to start using it. That will just make them resent the technology hence breeding more problems.
Give them time to digest the news of new technology and time to observe and prepare them for the process.
- Make sure it’s solving a need that they have
Employees have needs in the company. If you’re introducing new tech, make sure it’s solving and meeting one of those needs. Make sure that it’s simplifying something for them and not making it more complex.
For example, if you’re running a school where your teachers always have to mark registers every week, you can introduce Microsoft Excel sheets that would help them do so easier and faster.
Either ways, make sure that what you introduce is meeting a work need that they have and making it simple and less complex.
- Engage the employees with the new technology
Communication is key. Communicate with your employees and show them how helpful it is to them. They will resist anything that doesn’t benefit them.
So, you need to focus on workshops, orientations and presentations to show them the new technology, it’s benefits and its uses.
If possible, let them try it for a month or more and then get back to you with feedback. If they love it you won’t need to beg them to implement it into their business activities.
- Use what they already know.
Once you’ve gotten the engagements right, be sure to associate the technology with what they already know. This is because a lot of times, new technology builds on already existing ones and just modify it to be better.
It should be simple enough to show the similarities and differences between the old and new technologies and then build from there. This will help to make sure they fully understand the technology and its functionalities.
- Make sure experts are available to put them through
You also need to ensure that experts are around because your employees will have questions and you should be able to answer their questions but if you can’t, make sure people are available to do that.
The experts don’t have to be outsourced. They can be in-house employees who are familiar with the technology already.
This will help to make sure that your employees can handle the new technology with little or no assistance. They may also be able to show your employees some great tips on how to use it.