HR’s Role in a Cloud Transition

Whether you’re just starting a cloud transition or knee-deep in the process, your human resources department can play an essential role in ensuring the cloud migration is successful. Experts say that one of the biggest challenges to a full cloud migration is that businesses have yet to define their strategy as a part of the business plan. Human resources play an essential role in communicating pending change to employees and fostering the culture that supports a more agile workflow. Here are two concrete ways a human resources department can support a cloud transition.

1. Provide Structure

 Human resources should create a formal written document addressing your company’s timeline for the transition. Also, outline the expectations you’ll have for employee performance and change in workflow during this time.

After this has been presented, consider creating a poll for employees to anonymously voice and rank their concerns. You can do this with a traditional paper worksheet, face-to-face conversation, or using technology. The Harvard Business Review recommends ensuring surveys take less than 20 minutes to complete. The information from this survey can help human resources determine what training is essential moving forward.

2. Train Effectively

In the case of the cloud, there are specific training needs an HR team must be aware of. Here three common cloud transition topics for your HR team to consider:

Misinformation: The swift change of a cloud migration can lead some to speculate wildly, and others to simply nod along in confusion. One concrete solution is a dictionary of appropriate cloud terminology so employees don’t feel left out or mystified by the jargon of conversations surrounding the transition.

Fear of Job Loss: The fear of job loss is a natural response to new technology in the work place, especially among older generations. To circumvent this, you can have conversation with employees regarding how their skills are transferable in the wake of this new technology.

Security: An awareness of how security measures must change is incredibly necessary for a cloud transition. Employees have a history of being the greatest threat to the security of sensitive information in the business world. Educating them must be a priority.

HR’s role during a cloud migration is to be a guiding and educating presence to avoid loss of time and money. Planning that involvement can seem overwhelming, but there are best practices every company can learn from. If you’re managing a cloud transition, download our guide to cloud migration.