Humans are not wired to love change. Our minds and bodies\nview change as a possible threat. When change happens in the way we do our\njobs, it\u2019s even more stressful. \n\n\n\nOne of the most disruptive changes for a company to weather\nis the implementation of a new contract management software system.\n\n\n\nYour job as a manager is to help your team transition\nthrough change. Here are several tactics that will help you and your team\nsuccessfully make the change and get the most out of the new contract\nmanagement software. \n\n\n\nExplain the Reasons\nChange is Needed\n\n\n\nDon\u2019t surprise your team with a new software system when\nthey come into work. You need to take the time to explain that a change is\ncoming and explain why the change is necessary.\n\n\n\nOften when people hear words like software and automation,\nthey immediately expect they are going to be replaced by a computer.\n\n\n\nLet your team know that contract management software will\nhelp them be even better at their jobs. It automates tedious, repetitive tasks\nlike filing and document control so they can focus on actually managing\ncontracts.\n\n\n\nInclude the Right\nPeople in the Onboarding Process\n\n\n\nContract management software isn\u2019t something everyone can use right out of the box. Your vendor will have an onboarding process. You want to make sure that the right people are involved in the onboarding process. \n\n\n\nIn larger organizations, not everyone who will use the\nsoftware can be in on the onboarding process. You will want to make sure you\nhave the leader of your contract management team, one or two key members of the\ncontract management team, and one or two IT team members involved in the onboarding\nprocess. \n\n\n\nSometimes companies leave onboarding up to IT, but this is a mistake. The more involved the people who will be using the software every day are with the onboarding process, the smoother the transition will be. \n\n\n\nNever lose a contract again! Work more effectively, increase your revenue, centralize & secure your contracts. Available anywhere, anytime & on any device.Get your Free Demo today! \n\n\n\nProvide Adequate\nTraining\n\n\n\nOne common reason new software roll-outs fail in organizations\nis that the lower-level employees never get adequate training. \n\n\n\nThe training received by management in the onboarding\nprocess is not enough. You cannot assume that the managers will teach everyone\nelse. \n\n\n\nYou need a formal training system for everyone who will be\nusing the contract management software. \n\n\n\nThis will show all of your employees that you value them\nenough to train them, and it reinforces how critical the new software is to the\ncompany.\n\n\n\nDisable Old Systems\n\n\n\nOnce everyone is competent in the new contract management\nsoftware, you need to disable the old system. Many people will always take the\npath of least resistance. If they can get by using a system they are familiar\nwith instead of a new software system\u2014they will use the old, comfortable\nsystem.\n\n\n\nOnce everyone is trained, using the new software must be mandatory,\nor else your contract management department will devolve into chaos. \n\n\n\nReport on Progress\nand Results\n\n\n\nYou started the process by explaining why the company needed\na new contract management software system. You need to close the loop by\nreporting back after the new system is up and running. \n\n\n\nCompliment the team on a smooth transition. Report on the improvements and results during the first few months of using the new system. This will help boost confidence and smooth acceptance of the new software.