Technology is advancing at a seemingly unintelligible rate. Hardware and software a like is making the contemporary work place more efficient every single day.
Sometimes, however, taking the dive for the new piece of technology can be daunting.
You may ask: Will this substantially benefit my nonprofit? Is this technology worth the time it will take to implement?
In this article, we will explore 5 strategies, posted originally at HCareers, to help you cope with the stresses, unknowns and potential problems when acquiring and implementing new technology.
- Provide as much warning and training as possible
Human beings are naturally resistant to change. When making that change suddenly you run the risk of quadrupling that negative reaction.
As soon as you know a major or minor technology change is imminent for your nonprofit, alert your staff, and, if possible, provide training. The advance warning will allow your employees to prepare mentally for the transition while the training will help them visualize how to implement this switch in their daily work.
Recruit a tech committee
Seek out employees who are particularly motivated and interested in technology. Meet with them frequently to brainstorm ideas of how to implement effectively These hand-selected individuals will be acting as liaisons between management and other employees to help the implementation process.
Begin training in a low-pressure environment
Choose a time when your nonprofit is traditionally slow to implement any technology change. After a major event or fundraiser, begin slowly implementing your new tech, timing it in such a way that when the next campaign comes around, your employees are up to speed, and ready to rock.
Keep an open forum
Once your technology is off the ground and running smoothly, keep your team meeting regularly. Discuss any concerns that arise or potential ways to solve problems before they arise. Additionally, it is a good idea to assign one member of your tech committee from our second point to keep an eye on industry advances, potential ways to further ingrain the technology, and most importantly, how to continue advancing your non profit’s mission.
Have a plan B
Come to terms early with the fact that there will be roadblocks and speed bumps when implementing any new technology. Have a solid contingency plan in place to keep these problems from manifesting themselves into anything major.
If you’re interested in reading more you can check out the original article at HCareers.