Business is synonymous with using technology. The people in the business world has reached a stage where a business transaction cannot be thought of without the use of technology. Entrepreneurs many a times do not even realise that they are using technology because it has merged so well with the whole structure.
But this sense of comfort is often broken with little questions that are made up of the concern about technology stealing jobs. There is always an air of insecurity in the employee’s minds. While some might feel empowered about having technology to help them, there are those others who feel a threat to the office work that they knew. Entrepreneurs need to understand that to have a great working culture, they need to make sure that the introduction of new technology in their business works as something that makes their employees feel secure.
Entrepreneurs face a real problem while trying to convince employees that new technology exists only to make their lives better because of the simple reason that the technology of today are not made while keeping real users in mind. The problem becomes even bigger when an entrepreneur sees that the market is full of alluring technologies that often are time consuming and counter-productive when used. To browse through and find something worthwhile that would also back an entrepreneur’s claim that he/she is simply there to make working easy is a difficult task.
It is important that you as an entrepreneur know that the tools that you have deployed are helping to engage and retain your employees. But how can you make that out?
Here are three signs that answer your question.
1.The Technology Seams Effortlessly with Employees:
Technology that has an effortless usage is what you should focus on. A technology that is unassuming and unintimidating has the potential to make working easy for your employees and also reinstate your statement that you are there to help. Look for technology that seem to get integrated in the way that your business team works. Allow something to be so seamless that it fades into the background and employees do not even notice that they or you are using something remotely unfamiliar.
This would also benefit an end-user because they are only looking at using something that works. Give your employee and your end-user something that they can access and get what they are looking for. There has been a rush among entrepreneurs to include technology because everyone else is doing so. The existence of a new and updated technology is often believed to give that extra edge of being on top of things to entrepreneurs. It is time to look at some important questions before following after a technology now. Entrepreneurs must look at how this technology can be useful to a business team and organisation.
2. Use Technology to Free Employees:
Look at including technologies in your business that can free up your employees from automated work and help them to focus on tasks that add value to a business. Automate the functional duties that a technology can take up like approving time sheets or filling open sheets. Tasks that are mostly based on strict logic, predictable inputs and a set of rules can be easily programmed, scaled and repeated. These are the tasks that a new technology must be able to look at doing efficiently.
Employees will then be free to focus on tasks like relationship building, problem solving, etc.
The problem with businesses introducing technology is that business men do not focus on this dimension of introducing a technology. Entrepreneurs in fact make their employees adjust to the new technology rather than it going the other way round. This is what causes a concern among employees. This needs to change. Entrepreneurs must make sure that when it comes to technology it should be an assistance to its human employees.
3. Collaboration in Teams:
It is an accepted notion that the advanced tools in businesses make it easy for teams to collaborate with the team members. But there has been many instances when this assumption has been proved wrong.
Collaboration is an important part of a business. It increases creativity. The exposure of a problem to different team members gives a business the possibility of solution that is otherwise lacking in people who are working alone.
Entrepreneurs understand this fact and are eager to assist their teams with great tools that help in effective collaboration. But the problem is they overlook the fact that there has been a report that some tools actually work to distance workers.
Some tools work for some business while some others do not. You as an entrepreneur must look at the tools that you think suit your team the best. Every entrepreneur need to sit down and analyse what collaboration tools would work and not just heap the business with collaboration tools that they struggle to use.
Running a business is a difficult job. Running a business and simultaneously looking at providing the security to your employees while looking at technology that would support your claim is even difficult. But it is not impossible. You need to simply understand the framework that make your business. Find the points that might do well with the inclusion of a technology. Do not force a new technology on a team that is better off without it. Invest only after you are sure that it would give you the help that you are looking for.
Back your decision to include technology on the basis of a research, proper requirement and if possible after a counsel with the teams. This would make sure that your business doesn’t suffer from having to welcome something that does not fit in. Get an opinion from others in business. Simply following the crowd would not lead your business to any real solution. Find out the basics, find out what suits your business and work on it. A little research would help you to keep your employees technologically happy.