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Having a new tool you had no part in brought on to you is like getting a really ugly sweater from a parent or family member. If it's not your style you’ll only reluctantly wear it and it will end up in the back of the closet or in a trash can later. The same goes for having your team use a new product.

So why would you ever trial a product without inviting your team? Your team will be the ones using the tool every day, so bringing them in on the process can be an enormous help. Even more importantly choosing a tool your team is happy with is critical for getting them to use it.

Still thinking about going sweater or software shopping for your team alone? Here are 5 of the benefits you'll get by bringing your team out software shopping with you.

1. Feeling connected matters. Being left out hurts.

People like to feel included. Being made a part of the decision-making process of new products will make your team happier and productive. And this isn’t just some marketing mumbo-jumbo, we are actually biologically predisposed to feel a positive sense of motivation when we are included. A study published in the 2008 Journal of Psychology showed that when individuals were involved in the decision-making process for a project there was an increase in engagement and decreases in disaffection.

This need for inclusion relates to the way the neurotransmitter dopamine works in our brains. When you feel a sense of inclusion dopamine is released and a sense of pleasure occurs. Once the feeling subsides the brain is motivated to repeat that behavior contributing to the repetition of such actions. So bringing your team on to test new products will not only bring more energy to the trial but can improve work energy in other projects as well.

2. Your team knows best

Your product vision is essential to strategy, but your team members are the ones who need to implement this strategy. While you may have a lot of ideas on how to make your company and team more effective, your team is bound to have some opinions as well. Their opinion is especially important for testing out new processes and products as they will be the ones using it.

If you haven't taken the time to sit down with your team about what goals you're looking to accomplish now's the time. You can use this Weekdone Implementation Checklist to make sure you're hitting all the right points.

3. Get immediate feedback

Maybe the best benefit of bringing your team on is instant feedback. If your team doesn’t like something they’ll tell you. Why run the risk of having something you went out and bought shot down. If you take them out shopping with you, you can see what features they like what they don't like and if something needs to be changes. This way you can make a decision everyone is happy with.

In Weekdone your team can immediately start sharing their weekly plans and set up personal and team goals. Within the first week of the trial you can get a full report of your teams activities and open up discussion.

4. Weekdone is made for teams

Weekdone is designed to be used by teams. By having your team in the system to populate reports and will get a better picture about how everything will come together. You can see how other teams and companies have used Weekdone on our case studies page. You can also schedule a training for your team here: https://calendly.com/weekdone. During the training you and your team can get any questions you have answered and get advice on how to best use Weekdone for your team.

5. People take pride in their choices

I mentioned early on how being involved in the process can increase usage and motivation, well the same goes for being part of the decision.  In cognitive science, choice-supportive bias or post-purchase rationalization is the tendency to retroactively ascribe positive attributes to an option one has selected.

This means that being a part in making the decision can be as important as the decision itself. This bias applies to decisions about clothes, food, OKR and task management softwares, just about anytime we make a decision we are much happier than if the decision was done for us.

Exxact corp began using Weekdone with their team and their mentality towards goal setting and achievement became much more positive. Read more on how Exxact Corp. uses Weekdone here: https://blog.weekdone.com/exxact-corporation-simplifies-with-goal-setting/

Having your team test out a product with you is an important part of the product acquisition . It will provide benefits beyond just choosing a product. The whole trialling process will be easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Using Weekdone is a step in the right direction for getting your team on track towards achieving their goals and improving the productivity of you and your team. If you have any questions along the way our team is ready to help. You can find some helpful links and guides below  to share with your team. So, get the most out of Weekdone and Invite your team now.

Here are some helpful links you can share with your team:

Weekdone Video Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RocazfSf_Oo

FAQ: https://weekdone.supporthero.io/

OKR Examples: http://okrexamples.co/