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AI don’t think you’re ready: Ch-ch-ch-changes

Is the resistance to change holding your organisation back from adopting AI?

Technology adoption

Part 4
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Arran Speding

AI Specialist Lead

Six key reasons why many organisations aren't ready to adopt AI

In this blog series, we explore the six key reasons why many organisations aren't ready to adopt AI. If you missed it, please go back and read the introduction blog post. This post dives into why employee fears and resistance to change could slow AI adoption, along with some recommendations on how to turn this around.

Employees’ concerns around AI

Resistance to change in AI adoption can manifest in various ways, including fear of job displacement, scepticism about AI benefits and discomfort with new technology. It often stems from a lack of understanding and misconceptions about AI's role within the organisation. Employees may perceive AI as a threat rather than a tool to enhance their work. Recognising these concerns and addressing them through clear communication, education and engagement are crucial for mitigating resistance.

How organisations can overcome resistance to AI adoption

To overcome resistance in AI adoption, businesses should implement several strategies.

- Clear and transparent communication is key. Emphasising how AI will complement employees' roles rather than replace them.

- Providing education and training in AI literacy equips employees with the knowledge and skills needed to embrace AI technology.

- Starting with small-scale AI projects allows organisations to showcase tangible benefits and build trust.

Involving employees in decision-making processes and change management efforts ensures their concerns are heard and addressed.

- Upskilling opportunities and continuous feedback mechanisms further support a culture of acceptance.

- And finally, celebrating successes and securing leadership support, reinforces the positive impact of AI within the organisation, ultimately leading to successful AI adoption and innovation.

Organisations need to ensure that employees are equipped with the right mindset and the right tools to adopt AI, to allow for a much smoother implementation. To discuss this topic in more detail and to find out how Softcat can support you in your AI journey, please reach out to your Softcat Account Manager or contact our Sales team.

Catch up with the other blog posts in our AI adoption series:

Data, data, data - the shortage of expertise in data management

Infrastructure or in-for-a-shock - the lack of essential infrastructure

Mind the Gap - the expertise gap and lack of technical skills