At some point in time, you may encounter those who are highly resistant to technological advancements. Perhaps it is your grandmother, who finds the new technology baffling and overwhelming, and who has no desire to adapt. Perhaps it is a friend or colleague who feels uncomfortable with their own abilities with computers or other systems. While multitudes adopt new advancements and trends with no problem, for others, technology can be a bit frightening or seem too difficult to grasp. They may doubt their own skills when it comes to trying out new technology, or maybe they don’t see the benefits of the new advancements. Can You Convert the Technology-Resistant?
In most cases, those who are initially reticent about new technology may be won over as they observe the benefits and advantages this technology will provide for them. Often, when technology is necessary, these individuals will accept it grudgingly as they know they truly need it. For those in the current job market, an understanding of at least the most basic computer skills is generally required. When it comes to succeeding professionally, most have followed the crowd and learned to grasp and appreciate technological prowess.
For others, like your old-fashioned grandmother, an acceptance of technology may happen when they realise how helpful it can be for them individually. When technology can provide someone a unique service, perhaps streamlining an otherwise painstaking process, then technology suddenly seems like a godsend. Your grandmother might appreciate how using a smartphone can provide her with apps to make grocery lists, track spending, and keep a handy calendar in her pocket. When dealing with the technology resistant, a personalised approach is best. Show them how advancements can benefit them.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
While some soak up new skills like sponges, others may not be so quick on the uptake. This is especially true of those to whom technology seems more foreign. In a workplace environment, if you’re training individuals who seem to have difficulties grasping technological concepts, the key is to go slowly. Take your time explaining each step of a process, and let the trainee repeat the step until they’ve got it down. Often, a printed manual of steps for a technological process can be extremely helpful. Training in a group environment can also be useful, as those who catch on quickly can assist the others with acquiring the new skills.
It’s always important to remember that every individual has a unique way of learning and absorbing new material. It’s useful to try various approaches when training, especially if you are working with a variety of age groups, backgrounds, and skill sets.
Patience for All
Technology, while it seems second nature to some, can be an exceedingly trying concept for others. It’s vital to remain patient with different types of learners, and to respect the opinions of the technology resistant. A gentle nudge, and a demonstration of the beauty and efficacy of technology may be the best way to go.