Cloud Tips for The Average Joe
Expect your employees to have a questioning mind and doubts whenever you introduce some changes in the business and how these changes will affect their work. Whether you are introducing a new method or relocating your company, managing the change carefully is of great importance. There is a risk of alienating your people and possible resignations if you do the changes too fast. While if you do the change at a very slow pace, you might not also see the benefits for your business sooner than when you planned it. An example of change is a move to the clouds wherein employees might get skeptical if the new technology might take their jobs or they might be replaced with automation. It is thus important that you take some steps to ensure that employees are confident about the change, that they are excited about it and at the same time you get the benefits you want within the time you set.
Your number one measure to introduce change in the organization is to announce the plans the soonest possible time. You should avoid springing on to your employees this new change but rather announce to them this decision as soon as you can and answer their hows and whys. It is also better that while the plan is still up in the air, that you mention about it at least to your people so they have time to absorb it, do some research about and come up with their suggestions or questions.
The second pointer in order for your employees adjust to the new change is to ask for their opinions about the process. You may not get any feedback from your workforce at all, but they will realize that you are treating the change in a sensible way and this will reassure them of their role in the organization. You might be fortunate to have new workforce who are experienced with the cloud environment from past employment, so this will be your opportunity to get their suggestions and make their experiences as examples of the change.
Another thing that you should do when you like to introduce change is to reassure your employees that they are safe in their jobs, because if there is one thing that will affect their performance is the if they are not sure of their position anymore. There are many talks in the media how digital tools can replace human jobs, and knowing this, your people will start to worry if this will happen to them once you implement a new technology in your company.
It is also very important that you tell your people of the benefits they will get once the new technology will be running in the company.