What are the reasons why employees resist change in the workplace? Staff are critical of change because of various reasons.
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.
Thinking of reasons why staff are not keen on change at work? Some employees naturally will detest 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 a change is introduced. This resistance from employees could be both direct or indirect. A change could also be resisted in the open or in secret. As well, resistance to change can be instinctual, logical or emotional.
The Infographic below touches on 12 most common reasons why employees will 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 staff consider change unsettling at work, you can also see this presentation:
After you’ve explored all why staff resist change at work and how to guide against resistance (Infographic and presentation), are there others? Feel free to add your reasons below by leaving a comment.