Often, when we take on something new, we say we’re trying to get our arms around it. It’s a metaphor for learning a new skill but also for acceptance of the task ahead. Some projects come easily, but others, perhaps those with a bigger learning curve, tend to get put off. Adopting new technologies for business is a prime example. Whether it’s new billing software, additional roof safety equipment, or a mobile estimating system, we dread the thought of even starting the work. However, these days we can’t afford to avoid technology, it’s everywhere and more necessary every day.
Here are four tips to help you embrace new technologies in your business:
- Don’t rush your research. Make sure the technology you’re considering will really help you satisfy your customers and be more profitable.
- Once you’ve decided and invested in the technology, take all the time you need to learn it thoroughly.
- Be patient with yourself and others on your team who are learning along with you. Acknowledge that each person learns at their own pace.
- Solicit feedback from customers and workers with specific questions about the technology and how it is helping.
Commit yourself to continuous learning. It’s a fact of life these days. If a particular technology isn’t working out, modify it or move on. Hanging on to a system that is making the job tougher for your crews or less profitable for your company isn’t worth it in the long run. Stay positive and embrace technology for the good it can do.