“Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular”.
Change is something that we completely want to stay away from. After all who wants to get out of their comfort zone and go that extra mile to get something done, right? But if you don’t want to budge to a change, you’re simply depriving yourself new ways of self discovery and testing your abilities to its fullest.
Here are some of the ways you can implement in the pursuit of dragging out your team out of their easy chairs and get them to adapt to a new tool (or new change).
Lead the change
This is one of the first and foremost steps - lead the change by adopting the new tool yourself or getting your boss or his boss to adopt it. It makes a great impact if the leader himself is using the new tool. Show everyone how it’s done and let them follow suit.
Identify your users
Identifying how exactly your user will take up the changes plays a huge role in implementing new tools. Target your potentially early and quick adopters and they will help you settle in with the new change.
Rev it up
The way you put across your new idea is to lay it out really swift. Leave no room for people to discuss about it, because all you’ll get out of doing that is nothing but an annoying, complaining bunch of employees. And no one wants that. You have no time to waste going to every person and convincing them to use the new tools. Like it or not, they must get used to it, which they eventually will.
You’re going nowhere without a feedback
You ought to know how your new methods are fairing with the users. Be proactive about getting feedback from users. This drives your employees to take interest in using the new tools or methods because you make them feel important by taking their opinions and feedback. Besides, feedbacks help you improvise.
Communicate and Propagate
You need to spread the word. You need to put it out as to what the new change is all about, why this new change came about, and how is it going to help. Once the users get a view of what they’re up for, they are really going to show interest in it and take it up seriously. Repeat and propagate the change.
It’s in your hands as to how well you familiarize the change to the users. Set an example. You need to implement it yourself and show others the way. Push the usage from the highest level and provide adequate support to the slow adopters.