Why Businesses Experience Change Resistance from Employees

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Changes in business are inevitable but in most cases, you will find staff resisting any kind of change. Take the following example. A company wanted to make a change. When first announced the staff thought it was a bad idea and were resistant to the change. After the commotion settled the staff realised the change was a good one.

As in that case, the staff were resistant. It could be they were afraid of the change or they were unwilling to adapt to it. The business should first understand what the staff thinks about the changes and keep them up to tabs on why it is important. However, there can be varying reasons why many employees resist.

Some are Pessimistic

Probably the business has tried to make changes before but they have ended up failing. Everyone tried their best but things never worked out and when it could not work, things were reverted back to normal. In such a case, any change effort might end up making employees pessimistic and the business should find ways to make them optimistic. 

They are Afraid

It could be that they are afraid of the outcome. For example, when there are new technologies introduced in the company, some are afraid that learning about them is stressful, they are afraid of making mistakes and are afraid of the outcome. This can be changed with proper training and consistency. 

They do Not Trust the Management

When employees do not trust the management, there are chances that any change initiatives might fail. They are unsure what the business has in store for them thus unwilling to change. In such scenarios, it’s important for every firm to build trust and be transparent with its employees. This way, regardless of how hard it might seem, the staff will be willing to take the initiative.

No Realistic Expectations

No realistic expectations is another challenge when it comes to changes. This is one thing that should be clear to both the employees and the management. Why is the change important? How is it going to be of benefit to the employees and the business at large? When clear expectations are set, it becomes easy for the staff to embrace change initiatives.

Being in Their Comfort Zone

If there has not been any recent change in the company, employees may be unwilling to change. They are already competent and comfortable with how they work and they might feel that any changes will derail them from their success or goals. 

The reasons that employees don’t embrace change initiatives vary. Whether it’s because they are in their comfort zone, they are pessimistic, they are afraid of changes or no realistic expectations have been set, businesses can mitigate this.