Changes in the workplace can help to improve your business, make your workforce more productive, and lead to growth. But introducing change can be a challenge, especially when it comes to technological changes.
How to Introduce New Technology and Systems
Here are some of the steps you can take to ensure you introduce changes in a positive way for all your employees.
1. Know Exactly What Needs Improving
First of all, you should find out exactly what you need to improve. There is no point introducing changes that are genuinely not necessary, so do your research and find out which issues you want to solve.
Once you know these, set about finding the best tech solutions. In short, don’t try and force in new technology that is not really needed.
2. Get Your Employees Involved from the Start
One way to help your employees to accept change is to get them involved right at the beginning.
You could hold a meeting and ask them about areas of their work they are unhappy with or areas that they feel could be improved.
You may find that there are some areas all your employees agree on, and this can help you to bring in the solutions that will make the biggest difference.
3. Choose the Best & New Technology
Once you know which areas need improvement most urgently, start looking for solutions. There are always multiple solutions to choose from, so carry out your research carefully.
Once again, get your employees involved in the process and ask them whether they like the new solutions. Try out the free trials and get a few employees to try them out and point out any issues they see.
Ideally, you want to choose solutions that are easy to implement and which don’t have a steep learning curve. You might even want to improve your overall network.
This is a larger project, but it could improve all of your business processes. Look at the current situation of your WAN (What is SD WAN? Find out at this link), and hire a specialist to see if they can help.
4. Provide Comprehensive Training
Once you decide to introduce new technological solutions to your business, make the transition as easy as possible for your employees.
Provide them with all the training they need, and give them time to become familiar with the new way of doing things. Answer all their questions and make sure they do not become frustrated.
This is the crunch time when they are most likely to be unhappy, so make it as smooth as possible for them.
5. Get Feedback from Your Team
Finally, make sure you get feedback on any changes you introduce. Ask your employees for their honest opinions, and if something really isn’t working, address it rather than letting your employees become more and more frustrated.
6. Bring In Change the Right Way
Change can be a great thing in the workplace, but it can also bring challenges. Some of your employees might not be so happy about changing their routines, so you have to get them on-board right from the start.
Finally, remember that not every change will be positive. If something new is not working, listen to your employees and hear their complaints to avoid frustrating your workforce and hurting your productivity.