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Presenting new technology to your team in company can be frightening. It’s usually not easy to get people to change their habits. Even if there is a enormous benefits with the new tools, you can still see rejection or apathy in their eyes or a combination of the two.
As we all know, sometimes using new tools can drastically improve a team’s performance, efficiency, or effectiveness but usually this presents a major challenge for managers. A study from MIT Sloan Management Review found that managers see “digital transformation” as critical to their organization, but 63 % said that adoption of new technology was happening too slowly.
Through our numerous examples we’ve found that it all comes down to the approach you use when you introduce something new. From the beginning with selecting the technology to training and follow-up, each step is important in determining how it will be accepted.
So the question is, how can you get your team to actually use new digital technology and eventually come to like it? Through our numerous examples, we’ve found that it all comes down to the approach you use when you introduce something new. From the beginning with selecting the technology to training and follow-up, each step is important in determining how it will be accepted.
Let’s look together at a few of the techniques your organization can spread new technology that will actually gets used in practice.
1. Take simplicity
All together, these key strategies are intended to help motivate employees to accept new technologies and reduce resistance in adoption process.
The new technology that you want to adopt will have a big role in how difficult it is to get employees on board. A simple tool like SO DIGITAL platform will still create some resistance in use just because it’s something different and new for team members. Complicated tools that require extensive training and research will face with huge hardiness which will never be overcome. This puts the burden on the managers and executives who choose the new technology. They need to carefully evaluate their options and consider the ease of use of the new selected product.
In this case it is necessary to know that the difficulty of adopting one piece of technology is not a one-off step. As we know from the psychology the learning curve is different for each person and relative to their general knowledge and experience using similar tools. In the process of considering potential solutions, you should answer these questions: Who will use this new technology? Do they have experience in using this kind of a new tool? Whether they will understand the context of the new tool?
2. Help employees to see the value in the technology
One thing that is very important is how a new tool is presented to the team. It can be presented as something that they must use or it can be presented as a new tool that will make their job easier. If your team feels forced to apply new technology, they will never have the feeling of ownership of the tool and they will not put efforts in its success. They will probably develop the opposite reaction and deliberately try to sabotage these actions, because that's something they do not like. This kind of top-down directive approach can create hostility in the workplace that may result in even bigger problems in the team. You should sell the product to the team as something that can provide value directly to them.