Workplace change is inevitable, but in this day and age, technological growth seems to be occurring at a rapid-fire pace. Don’t underestimate the importance of keeping up with new trends in tech, especially if you want your organization to succeed. However, as exciting as these changes seem, implementing these new shifts should be done carefully.
Here’s what to consider when adapting your organization to new technology.
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With the introduction of new technology, the positions and departments within your organization will need to shift to accommodate. You may need to create new departments and job opportunities for efforts such as marketing, social media, web development, and IT. People will need to be hired to train your organization for these jobs and explain how new tech will affect existing jobs as well. In some cases, certain positions will need to be eliminated or transformed in order to better suit the organization’s new path of growth.
To keep everything running smoothly after new technology is introduced, your organization should ensure that existing computers, software platforms, and office equipment are appropriately upgraded. All devices across the organization should be able to interact with each other, have the same way of backing up their data, and share the same level of security. Connectivity and keeping operations up to date will help increase productivity and save your organization from being left in the technological dust, so to speak.
New technology brings with it tons of exciting and effective ways to improve interoffice and board-to-staff communication. Nothing will replace face-to-face interaction, and in areas such as HR and quarterly employee check-ins, in-person meetings should be kept as an option — but the advantages of tech communication are hard to ignore.
Virtual meetings minimize expenses, increase productivity, and encourage team building with those who work remotely. Sharing information with your team is easier than ever with improved workplace messaging software, and engaging with members and community is only a click away with the rise of social media platforms.
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Cost vs. Payoff
Lastly, the amount of new technology out there may seem overwhelming, so knowing where to start is important. Do your research into what trends are here to stay, and discuss with your colleagues what shifts are important to invest in, and which ones will cost your organization more than you’ll get back.
As 2018 draws to a close, take this time to refocus your goals for your association. Consider the advantages that will come with introducing new technology to the workplace, and keep in mind the aforementioned factors when adapting.
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