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. Managing change carefully is very crucial, whether it is on adopting a new technology or transferring location of your operation. There is a probability that you alienate your people and get resignations from them if the implementation of the change is done too quickly. But if do it too slowly also, you have the higher chances of not seeing the results sooner. One change that is no different is a move to the cloud system, and this for sure will garner questions from employees, like if they will be replaced by automation or they will lose their jobs and so on. 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 number one measure to introduce change in the organization is to announce the plans the soonest possible time. 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.
Another way to make your employees adjust to the new technology is to get their opinions on how the process would go. 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. Maybe you have new employees who had experiences with the cloud environment and so you can get ideas from them or use their experiences as examples.
Remember that people get easily worried about their jobs when change comes into the picture, and so your next move is to reassure them of their job safety. There are many talks in the media how digital tools can replace human jobs, and knowing this, your people will start to worry if this will happen to them once you implement a new technology in your company.
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.