Digital transformation is a hot topic in business these days. It seems as though it’s on everyone’s lips, and for a reason. But whenever it pops up in conversation, the focus of the discussion is mainly on technology.
Technology is essential for digitalization. It covers anything from online marketing and automation of the business process to e-commerce and customer support, but it’s the tip of the iceberg that helps you get started.
Tech isn’t the only thing to concentrate on. People are a vital aspect of the shift to digital. As much as it relies on what type of software you integrate with your day-to-day operations, so much of it also relies on how well your team adopts the change.
And if you’re wondering how you can prepare your team for digitalization, here’s an outline.
1. Plan for Digitalization
Digital transformation doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to evaluate the current levels of digital maturity in your team, their readiness to accept change, and a plan of action that aligns with each member of your workforce.
Think about what areas you need to digitalize first. For example, accounting and finance are hard to transform, but once you get it right, there isn’t much left to do. In contrast, marketing and sales are more accepting of change, but consistent development in techniques and technology means you will need to follow up on the process every once in a while.
After your decision that you want to make these changes, make a list of hardware and software you will need and compare it to your budget. Digital transformation is a significant investment, so don’t underestimate its impact on your bottom line.
When you have created a detailed plan with an elaborate strategy of implementation, cost, and timeline, it’s time to present it to your team.
2. Talk to Your Team
Communication is critical when you submit the notion of digitalization. Before you implement the first piece of software, introduce the topic to your team. Schedule a meeting intended to inform the entire team about the new changes you aim to implement and speak about:
- How will it impact jobs and roles within the organization?
- How will it affect interpersonal relationships among team members?
- How will it influence the company’s culture and mission?
- How will the process look?
- How will you train and develop team members to adapt?
Answering these questions will put your team’s mind at rest. It also demonstrates your commitment to the project and leadership skills required to get the job done. But, you should always be there to provide additional answers, and if need be, schedule another meeting.
3. Keep Up with Latest Trends
As tech development moves forward, digital transformation in business will become a necessity, rather than a choice. It will be hard to keep up with the most recent trends, so subscribe to our blog to stay up to speed with the latest developments in business and technology.
Remember, digitalization can be overwhelming. But if you ease into the topic and implement changes step by step, your team will adopt it with open hands and use it to succeed. And when your team is doing good, so is the whole company.