Why people have resistance to change?

  • Created Date17 Apr, 2018
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The organizations can hardly do much to control the changes happening in and around the world. The employees working in the organizations also need to change the way of their task completion and thinking process as per the requirements matching the changes happening around them. These changes can be in the form of technology, management, leaders, client requirements, specifications, software, and whatnot. Change is not a problem for the organizations to handle, however, resistance to change is.

If the organizations that are expecting this resistance to change and hence can start planning for it right from the beginning with a proper change management program. This will allow the organizations to effectively handle and manage the upcoming objections. For that, it is very important to understand the common reasons employees may have resistance to change that would give you an opportunity to plan the change strategy well in advance to handle these factors.

Of course, it is next to impossible to know and plan each and every possible reason for the upcoming resistance to change, however, being prepared for most of the reasons can help the HR professionals or change agents a long way.

There are few typical reasons that employees show resistance to change that are discussed below.

Unclear Reason for change. Most of the times, when the staff is unclear about the objective of the changes done, the management may need to face the resistance to change. This resistance especially comes from the employees who think that the existing system is working well and can be continued for the coming many years as well.

Fear of consequences. Mostly, people fear of changes of unknown reasons to even them. Even they can’t figure out why they fear of change, but there is. Generally, the resistance to change happens when they think that the change may take up their jobs or they believe that the other people may go ahead of them in the new direction shown.

Lack of competence. This is one another reason that the employees may show resistance to change, however, very few of them will admit the same. Also, sometimes it is even true that when some kind of changes happens in the organizations, people need to learn some new skills in order to cope up with it. If employees believe that may not be able to learn new technology or required skills, they may need to leave and hence show resistance to change.

Not trusting the change. If some employees think that the company may not be able to cope up with the change or it doesn’t have that competency to go ahead with the changes done, they may come up with the resistance to change.

Change coming as Surprise. It is very important for an organization to make sure that the employees are kept in the loop before initializing the change so that they get prepared. In case the change comes up as a surprise, they are sure to come up with resistance to change. The employees who remain well informed about the upcoming changes are the most satisfied ones and rarely resist the changes made.

Poor communication. This is self-explanatory that the communication plays a major role in the employees accepting the changes made in the organization. When you are going ahead with the change management, you need to be vocal about it and explain it in a proper way to make the employees understand.

Changes in routines. Employees working in the same routine reach a comfort zone and changes can take them out of it due to which you may see the resistance to change.

Hence, resistance to change is sure to come, however keeping yourself ready to handle them can help you a long way.

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