When a person learns a new language, it takes countless thousands of hours of practice and use before they become fluent. The same thing is true with new technology. A person may understand the basics of how a new piece of technology works, but they attain fluency when they are able to use that technology with ease, accuracy, speed, and full comprehension. Modern businesses must take steps to improve the tech fluency of their workers if they are going to remain relevant.
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The Employers Role:
Successful technology integration begins first with the employer. They have the responsibility to not only provide the technology they want their employees to use, but they also have the responsibility to guarantee that their employees have any additional tools needed to help them build a deep comprehension of the new technology.
Millennials who are flowing into the workplace have grown up using technology. Smaller businesses that stick to antiquated approaches will not be attractive to millennials. And if they do hire millennials and force them to use outdated techniques, they risk not using their staff to the maximum potential.
The Employee’s Role:
A big part of integrating technology in the workplace depends on an employee’s readiness to accept change. When employees are optimistic, innovative, and ready to learn, their perception of the usefulness and ease-of-use of new technology increases drastically. At the same time, the perceived usefulness of the technology increases the chances that employees will use it.
The Role Of Managers:
When it comes to implementing new technology, management plays a key role. This is because when an organization develops new technology, they give it to the users. The users are not usually technically skilled. However, what they do have is a strong understanding of their area of expertise.
Management can bridge this gap by becoming experts in the new technology that is being used. This allows them to serve as the intermediary between the organization that developed the new product and the rank-and-file employees who will use it.
For example, if a business decides to install Add-On interactive digital signage software, management should take the lead in seeing to it that whenever a meeting is scheduled, this software is used to identify the room that the meeting will be held in.
Observe And Assist:
Once new technology has been introduced, the next task is to observe how employees are using it, examine their current job routine, talk to users about how the new technology is affecting their work processes, and offer suggestions on improved use.
Billions of dollars are being spent annually on research and development of new technology. Unfortunately, there is always that gap between what the new technology can do and what the end users can do with it. However, with a little bit of training and a little bit of work, new technology can be seamlessly integrated into any business.