While new technology can offer a number of advantages to your business, you won’t be able to realize the benefits if you can’t get your employees to embrace the new solutions. Although it’s human nature to resist change–especially when technology is involved–you can use the following tips to get your employees to buy into your new technology solutions:
1. Make employees a part of the technology selection process.
Since your employees are on the front lines of your business and will be using the technology on a daily basis, it makes sense to involve them in the technology selection process. Once you narrow down your options to a few solutions, ask employees to participate in product demos and give them the opportunity to ask the vendors questions.
The employee feedback that you receive will help you to choose the best solution for your organization. Your employees will also appreciate that they had a say in the technology selection process, which will make them more likely to embrace the new solution.
2. Stick with familiar brands that work with your existing tools.
Selecting technology solutions that are compatible with your existing tools will speed up the learning curve for employees and minimize downtime. Plus, if employees are already familiar with a particular brand, they’ll feel more confident in using the new technology.
3. Focus on communicating the benefits of the new technology.
With so many features offered by today’s technology, it’s easy to get caught up in talking about all of the exciting new bells and whistles. However, all that your employees really care about is how the new technology will benefit them. Focus on communicating the benefits of the new technology solution and place less emphasis on the features.
4. Allow ample time to implement new technology solutions.
You need to allow plenty of time to successfully implement a new technology solution. Planning ahead will allow you to carve out time to train employees on the new technology and have some wiggle room in case of an unforeseen delay.
5. Reward employees to encourage use of new technology.
To encourage employees to embrace the new solutions, reward the department within your organization that makes the fastest transition. Ideas for rewards include gift cards, a cash bonus, or a paid afternoon off.
Contact us for additional ways to encourage your employees to embrace new technology solutions in the workplace.