Expect your employees to have a questioning mind and doubts whenever you introduce some changes in the business and how these changes will affect their work. Whether you are introducing a new method or relocating your company, managing the change carefully is of great importance. There is a probability that you alienate your people and get resignations from them if the implementation of the change is done too quickly. On the other hand, if you do it too slowly, then your business will stand to see the results too late. An example of change is a move to the clouds wherein employees might get skeptical if the new technology might take their jobs or they might be replaced with automation. It is thus important that you take some steps to ensure that employees are confident about the change, that they are excited about it and at the same time you get the benefits you want within the time you set.
Your first step is to make an announcement about the new development as soon as possible. You should avoid springing on to your employees this new change but rather announce to them this decision as soon as you can and answer their hows and whys. Another suggestion is to open up about the new development to your employees even if it is still at its planning stage, and let them think about it, and give them the opportunity to make suggestions or question about the change.
The second pointer in order for your employees adjust to the new change is to ask for their opinions about the process. There is a possibility that you will not get their suggestions or questions about the new technology but in a way you are making it known to them and this will reassure them of their position. You might be fortunate to have new workforce who are experienced with the cloud environment from past employment, so this will be your opportunity to get their suggestions and make their experiences as examples of the change.
Another thing that you should do when you like to introduce change is to reassure your employees that they are safe in their jobs, because if there is one thing that will affect their performance is the if they are not sure of their position anymore. It is a fact that there are plenty of advertisements in the media about replacing humans in jobs because of the implementation of digital tools, and knowing this your workforce will worry that you are taking a step to reduce your manpower.
It is also very important that you tell your people of the benefits they will get once the new technology will be running in the company.