Reasons why employees resist change
We all belong to a society steeped in change and the thought of any change could be de-stabilising for some us.
Changes in the economy and the global business environment have forced organizations to change or overhaul the way they work and do business. So, whether we like it or not, change is here to stay in the workplace.
Organizations change, and in most cases, changes filter down from the best judgement of the management team looking to best position the business in order to get best results, operate efficiently and be able to compete with the others in a fast paced business world. However, just because change is in the organizations’ best interest in the management’s point of view, doesn’t necessarily mean that majority of the workforce under the management will readily submit to change and accept it.
Some employees naturally will resent change. So, what are the reasons why employees resist change? Why do they dig in their heels and resist change at all costs? Well, resistance to change is as inevitable as change itself. It’s inevitable that resistance to change by employees in any organisation should be expected whenever change is introduced. This resistance from employees could be both direct or indirect. Change could also be resisted in the open or in secret. As well, resistance to change can be instinctual, logical or emotional.
Let’s face it, if half the employees in any organization resist a change, the change is bound to fail spectacularly if reasons for the resistance are not addressed. For more information on reasons why employees resist change, see the Infographic below to further explore the crucial reasons employees resist change and how to guide against the fundamental motivations behind resistance.
The Infographic below touches on 12 most common reasons why employees resist change and why they have a tough time changing their mind-sets and behaviour in order to accept and ensure that the change is embedded.
For other reasons why employees resist change at work, you can also see this presentation:
After you’ve explored all the reasons why employees resist change in the workplace and how to guide against resistance (Infographic and presentation), what do you think are the other reasons why employees resist change in the workplace? Feel free to add your reasons below by leaving a comment.