Many people resist change, especially when technology is involved. While advancements in technology can improve productivity in the workplace and save your business time and money, it’s not always easy to get your employees on board with adopting the use of new technology.
You can overcome this common challenge by using the following tactics to encourage your employees to embrace new technology:
1. Give your employees a say in the final decision.
Since your employees are on the front lines of your business and will be using the technology on a daily basis, ask for their input when making decisions about new technology solutions. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential solutions, ask employees to participate in product demos and allow them to ask the vendors questions. You’ll find that your employees will be far more likely to adopt new technology if they’ve had a part in the decision process.
2. Choose technology that integrates well with your existing systems.
To minimize downtime when implementing new technology, choose solutions that will integrate well with your existing systems. Not only will this save time and money, but it will also help employees with the transition as they tend to trust brands more that they’re already familiar with.
3. Highlight how the technology will benefit your employees.
Instead of focusing on all of the new features that the technology offers, tell your employees how the new technology will benefit them. Employees will be more excited to use new technology that speeds up workflows and makes their lives easier than hear about all of the bells and whistles that a new machine offers.
4. Plan ahead when implementing new technology.
The last thing you want to do is force the use of new technology on employees, especially during busy season. Employees will be more willing to adopt new technology if you allow plenty of time to implement the new solutions. Tell employees ahead of time about the changes that will be coming and offer training for your team.
5. Reward employees for using the new technology.
Give incentives to employees to use the new technology, such as offering gift cards to the department that makes the fastest transition.
Contact us for more ways that you can help your employees to speed up the adoption of new technology in the workplace and improve overall business operations.