From needing to train new employees to ensuring business needs are met, adopting new HR technology as a part of a digital transformation strategy can be a spooky experience and strike fear into even the most experienced of executives.
Luckily, there’s a path to implementation that doesn’t involve scaring your employees, as HR strategist Robin Schooling shared earlier this month at the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. I sat in on her engaging half-hour session where she shared her best practices.
Here’s what she had to say:
Communicate early and often — Communication is of the essence, because leaders are changing the way their employees work and engage with prospective hires and each other. Leaders need to step into the shoes of their stakeholders and understand how a new technology implementation will benefit their day-to-day work.
There are many ways to optimize communications throughout the implementation process, from regular newsletters to live demonstrations. The more comfortable stakeholders become with the technology, the better the end results will be.
Formulate a training strategy — Stakeholders will be even more comfortable with the transition to new technology if training is provided. Having the default training from the vendor paired up with the organization’s own training is the best of both worlds, as it prepares teams for real-world situations it will face once the technology is implemented.
Since not everyone will be comfortable with the technology in the beginning it’s important to leverage beta testers to get an early feel. These individuals can be a mix of internal champions and interested employees who are curious about what’s next.
Check in after implementation —The work is not done even after the technology is turned on. Checking in with stakeholders and users on a regular basis is key towards ensuring the technology is meeting expectations.
As the technology evolves, leaders will also want to refresh and refine the existing training content so their teams can keep up. New challenges may also emerge at this time that will need addressing.
Moving Towards Digital Transformation
Digital transformation does not have to be a haunted house, no matter the use case. With the right technology in place, your business can soon be on the path to greater efficiency, increased customer satisfaction, and competitiveness.
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