4 Tips for Technology In the Workplace

building mazeSome people love technology. They crave the newest software, iPhone, tablet, or gaming system. Others don’t know that their laptop is capable of playing a DVD or that their phone has the power to hold all of their music downloads.

Technology uses are changing daily; social media isn’t just used to connect to your old high school friends or to follow your favorite actors anymore. The medium on how to get information to your clients or future clients has changed drastically; blogging, tweeting, and websites are key to a business’ success anymore.

Technology is changing daily. What are your employees doing to keep up?

Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to help the not-so-tech-savvy employees improve their technology skills:

  • Try and keep it as stress-free as possible: Make sure either you, your IT department, or another employee familiar with technology can take your team through instructions on how to use it.
  • Ask your employees how they learn: Monster’s article on how to help reluctant employees gives some great insights into our topic, and this is also one of the key points that they mention. Ask your employees how they learn best, whether it be extra practice, one-on-one time with an instructor, or extra feedback.
  • Give your employees time: Don’t give your employees a new program and expect them to be comfortable with it by the end of the day. Depending on the program, it might take days or even weeks for your employees to feel comfortable with it (part of what we’re here to help with).
  • Make sure the change is warranted: You don’t want disgruntled employees on your hands if you can help it. Make sure the change is something that will further both your employees and business. Some employees might not be on board right away with the change, but when they see how it will eventually make their jobs much easier or go smoother, they will come around.

Human beings are creatures of habit. Your employees will eventually learn the new program or get used to the update in technology. Once they have time to work with and familiarize themselves with it, they will move on from the old way. And remember, not only are you helping out your business, but you are helping your employees by familiarizing them with the ever-changing technology of the twenty-first century.

Here at Integrated Consulting Group, we specialize in the design, development, and customization of SAP Human Capital Management business software for leading edge North American companies with global reach. Have any questions about SAP? Feel free to contact us via the contact page of our site, or on Twitter or LinkedIn. We’d love to hear from you.

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