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 adapting to new technology, especially if you want your organization to succeed. However, as exciting as these changes seem, you should implement these new shifts 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. Your organization will need to hire people to offer training for these jobs, and explain how new tech will affect existing positions as well. In some cases, you might even need to eliminate or transform certain positions in order to better suit your organization’s new path of growth.
To keep everything running smoothly after you introduce new technology, your organization should update all existing computers, software platforms, and office equipment. 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.
When it comes to HR and quarterly employee check-ins, you should strive to offer in-person meetings as an option. That being said, 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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