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. It is therefore advisable that whatever change you want to implement, whether it is about adopting a new technology or a change of location, that it is managed properly. There is a risk of alienating your people and possible resignations if you do the changes too fast. On the other hand, if you do it too slowly, then your business will stand to see the results too late. 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 therefore advisable that you follow these measures to make sure that your employees are welcoming the new technology and that they are excited on what the new development can do for them, and still your company gets the benefits it is looking forward to get from the change.
Your first step is to make an announcement about the new development as soon as possible. It is better that you introduce the change soon enough and get to answer their hows and whys, rather than you spring on to them this new development like a big surprise. Your plan may still be on the drawing board but it would be good to mention it to your employees and let them think about it and possibly open up for suggestions and questions that would affect the change.
Another way to make your employees adjust to the new technology is to get their opinions on how the process would go. You may not get any feedback from your workforce at all, but they will realize that you are treating the change in a sensible way and this will reassure them of their role in the organization. You might be fortunate to have new workforce who are experienced with the cloud environment from past employment, so this will be your opportunity to get their suggestions and make their experiences as examples of the change.
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. You cannot avoid talk in the media how digital tools can replace humans in their jobs, and hearing or reading this is a thing to worry on their side knowing that there is a probability of employee reduction once the change is implemented.
It is advisable that you announce to your employees that they will have benefits out of the new technology that will be implemented.