“Will I still have a job when this is done?”

"Will I still have a job when this is done?

While working with a client on a new AMS implementation recently, the executive director told me she was surprised to hear her staff ask: "With all the improvements and automation that the new AMS brings, will I still have a job?"

I've been at this for almost 25 years now, so that question didn't surprise me as much as it surprised her. In fact, it may be even more common than we think it is, as many staff may think it but not actually express it out loud.

But the reality is that in almost every project that I've ever been involved in, there was little to no risk of staff being eliminated by the new technology. And the simple reason is that  almost every client I worked with had more work or projects or ideas than they could possibly pursue with current staffing. Implementing new technology meant they would be able to free up time for staff to pursue these other projects.

The key is to communicate to staff early and often that the purpose of the new technology is not to eliminate staff (unless that IS the reason, which may happen on rare occasion) but to redirect staff energies to higher value activities.

So if you've got staff asking "Will I have a job when this is done?" make sure you address that concern quickly and honestly.

Wes's Wednesday Wisdom Archives

Associations are complex businesses!

September 6, 2023

Associations are complex businesses! One of the reasons managing data at an association can be so […]

Snapshots are required

August 30, 2023

Snapshots are required Recently a couple of different clients have asked me why it’s necessary […]

“It’s in the database…”

August 16, 2023

“It’s in the database…” I often joke with my clients that AMS nirvana looks like […]

Using the Pomodoro Technique for data management

August 9, 2023

Using the Pomodoro Technique for data management I’m a huge fan of the Pomodoro Technique, […]

You need a PLAN to deal with duplicates

August 2, 2023

You need a PLAN to deal with duplicates Here’s the thing about duplicate records: No […]

Asking for more is a good sign…

July 26, 2023

Asking for more is a good sign… A client who had recently implemented a new […]

Take action…

July 19, 2023

Take action… “The greatest wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data.” – […]

The Rule of 100 and 1,000 revisited

July 12, 2023

The Rule of 100 and 1,000 revisited I’m finding that the “Rule of 100 and […]

You gotta wanna

July 5, 2023

You gotta wanna Long ago I heard a training consultant say you can’t train people […]

Be careful not to overbuy

June 14, 2023

Be careful not to overbuy I recently spoke with an association of ten staff that was […]

Scroll to Top