Reducing Resistance to Technological Change

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In today's world, businesses must be open to adapt to new developments and change in order to remain competitive in their industry.

In today’s world, businesses must be open to adapt to new developments and change in order to remain competitive in their industry. This is certainly true with regards to the rapid emergence of new technological advances. More and more products and solutions are being developed to help improve the¬†efficiency of how you run your business. From your day to day processes right through to the administration side of your business.¬†Although management may see the benefit of utilising new business technologies. There may be resistance from employees if the change in technologies is not well managed. This resistance to change may be due to the fear of the unknown or fear of not having the skill to keep up with the new technology.

Here are a few steps you can try to follow to help overcome resistance when introducing technology into the workplace:
Communication

During any implementation of change, communication with your employees is key. Give employees as much information as possible about the planned changes. As well as creating an environment for open and honest feedback.

Timing

To try and minimise the disruption that technological change can bring, you may consider implementing your new technology in small, incremental stages. This allows for manageable chunks of training to be delivered and may make for a smoother shift in work processes.

Employee Participation

Allowing employees to participate in the process of choosing your new technological solution can help to decrease resistance to change. Taking ownership of the solution by seeing some of their ideas and suggestions being incorporated may help your employees to be more welcoming of the change.

Provide Training and Resources

It is important to provide suitable training for staff as well as resources so they can re-cap on certain functions and features in their own time. This is not only important to minimise the resistance to change, but also to ensure that the new software is being used to its full potential so that your business is able to realise its return on investment.

Choose a Custom Solution

By choosing a custom solution, the software fits exactly into your business. It builds upon your current workflow and processes and therefore will be intuitive for your staff to use. A custom solution is often more flexible in its implementation and can be introduced in stages where appropriate training is also included.

Find out more about our custom solution for Tyrone Fabrication.

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