Experts say it takes about 2 months to form a new habit. When it comes to implementing new technology into the workplace, it may take even longer to get your teams used to a change in routine.
Although there are many benefits to construction software – real time project updates, easily accessible and readily available documents, and boosted efficiency to name a few – the construction world is sometimes stuck in a “this is how we’ve been doing it for years” mentality. With new technology comes constant change; with that being said, here are some ways to give your team the extra nudge toward enactment.
1. Keep everyone updated
No one likes to be told their routine is changing out of the blue: keep your team updated on your management decisions, together. Getting everyone in one room to answer questions and voice concerns gets problems solved efficiently. Even if you are making the final decision, let everyone know why and when changes will take place. They’re using the software every day, too.
2. Take advantage of training
It takes some people longer than others to get comfortable with new technology. Offer training sessions to keep everyone on the same page. Don’t worry about seeing results right away, practice makes perfect.
3. Allocate tasks
The Romans said it first: divide and conquer. Assign different groups to different functions of the software and let them test it out for a week or so. Not only does this let them get comfortable with the system, it also allows for discussion when questions arise. Reconvene at the end of the week to teach and learn from each other.
4. Lead by example
You have to learn the in’s and out’s of the software before you require others to use it. You’ll be in a better position to answer questions and offer solutions. If you’re honest and communicative, it makes it that much easier for your team to be the same.
5. Recognize and praise
It’s well known that people love getting rewarded for their hard work. It’s tough adjusting to new ways, so be sure to say a quick “thank you, good work” when credit is due. Remember, a happy employee is a productive employee.
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