If it’s evident that the implementation of cobots is well-controlled and carefully thought out, workers should feel confident about the future.

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4. Demonstrate cobot safety features in action

People are typically most afraid of what they don’t understand. With that in mind, take care to thoroughly introduce workers to the built-in cobot features that will keep them safe. These components often let humans anticipate cobots’ movements so they can understand how the cobots work with people to achieve shared goals.

Cobots usually respond to pressure, and slow down their movements when they detect humans nearby. If you can show employees how the safety features work, they’ll feel more at ease about working closely with robots.

5. Don’t be dismissive of fears

Despite all your efforts, some people may still be frightened of what’s ahead.

A study of more than 4,000 American adults found that 72 percent of people polled were either somewhat or very afraid of robots and computers that can perform human jobs.

It’s essential that you make yourself available to listen to the doubts people have about robots in the workplace. By showing that you care about and understand their trepidation, employees will see that you’re aware they’re uneasy and want to try and ease the uncertainty.

6. Remain open to feedback after implementation

Substantial changes in operations typically involve learning curves. There may be unforeseen issues that arise after you start using cobots, including shortcomings that can be very frustrating to workers.

Employees could become angry if managers simply install cobot technology and then “walk away” without offering employees the chance to provide feedback.

Remember to reserve time for testing the technology and training employees. Depending on factors like materials, production speed, and changing human roles, it may be necessary to show flexibility regarding the planned use of cobots.

By giving workers options for reporting the pros and cons of their experience with cobots, you’ll reap data that will be a huge help with making improvements in the future.

Getting people to embrace new technologies isn’t always easy. Luckily, with these straightforward tips, you can show your team how cobots will help — not hurt — them and their careers.

This article has been republished with permission from Robotiq.

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